Issue 27, August 2015 – Work-life Integration

Issue 27, August 2015 – Work-life Integration

In this issue 27, we have dedicated the special feature section to a much-debated topic: Work-life integration. With technology taking over and blurring the lines between work and home life, and with stress related diseases on the rise, we thought it is high time that family businesses have a closer look at the odds of achieving balance between what we consider our careers and our personal lives.

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The Family Businesses of Kazakhstan

Interview with Yana Issakova, President of the Kazakhstan Family Business Association The Kazakhstan Family Business Association was established in 2012. Since then, over 100 companies operating in various sectors and engaged in various industries have...
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The Gamification of Family Business Education

Interview with Sylvain Daudel, Director of Family Business Centre, EDHEC Business School In collaboration with Deloitte, the EDHEC Family Business Centre developed Pandora®, the first “serious game” for family businesses. The simulation reproduces decision-making within...
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BI-KA Logistics Anticipated Succession

Interview with Dr. György Karmazin, BI-KA Logistics Ltd., Hungary Founded in 1991, the BI-KA Logistics Ltd. is a two-family business. The Bírós and the Karmazin families established BI-KA Bt., later renamed BI-KA Logistics Ltd., in...
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Eszat Kft. – The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

Interview with Kovács Károly György, Eszat KFT., Hungary It all began in 1985, when Kovács Károly György’s father became the general director of state-owned Agroker Nyíregyháza, one of the 18 Hungarian companies that supplied farmers...
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Challenging the Status Quo – Chandran Nair

Interview with Chandran Nair, Global Institute for Tomorrow Picture: Chandran Nair, courtesy of the Tatler Hong KongThe Global Institute for Tomorrow is an independent Asian think tank with the explicit purpose of understanding the shifts...
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Linde Werdelin – The Power of Conviction

Interview with Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin Many years ago, somewhere in Denmark, two six-year-old boys became best friends. In 2002, Morten Linde and Jorn Werdelin, who worked in design and finance respectively, decided to...
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As Time Goes By: The House of Aziz and Walid Mouzannar

Interview with Walid, Alia and Dori Mouzannar LEFT TO RIGHT: Rhea, Dori, Walid, Claude and Alia Mouzannar, Courtesy of MouzannarTo say that Mouzannar is an industry name would be to state the obvious. The family...
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Gilan – The Jewellers of Istanbul

Interview with Muharrem and Osman Gilan Picture: Muharrem, Osman, and Ferhan Gilan, courtesy of GilanIstanbul – a city where East meets West, where history is told on every street corner – is home to modern...
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Scherrer – Moving On

Interview with Beat Scherrer, Scherrer Metec AG, Switzerland PICTURE: In 2012, Scherrer Metec AG developed and mounted the whole facade and roof of the Mountain restaurant Arosa Weisshorn at 2653 m.a.s.l.; Architects: Tilla Theus &...
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SPECIAL FEATURE: Stress and the Brain – A Complex Relationship

Interview with Prof. Bruce S. McEwen With the world becoming noisier and more interconnected, it seems like stress levels are on the rise. It is therefore necessary that we better understand the causes and ramifications...
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SPECIAL FEATURE: The Circuits of Success – Hager Group

Interview with Daniel Hager, CEO of Hager Group Being dedicated to our work while maintaining a healthy private life can be a difficult task. Not least because the choice is not always ours; our place...
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SPECIAL FEATURE: Work-Life Integration and the Family Business

 By Maire Crosse, Staff Writer During the 20th century, a now all too familiar concept started emerging. A goal to aspire to, the key to a happy and successful life: the work-life balance. With a...
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Willson International – History Without Borders

Interview with Peter Willson, CEO of Willson International, Canada In 1918, William F. Willson gave up his job as a Collector of Customs at the port of Fort Erie in Ontario, Canada to open his...