Issue 35, August 2017 – The Pursuit of Happiness

Issue 35, August 2017

What makes us happy? It is a question that has baffled philosophers, artists, academics, and probably every human being on earth throughout history. According to the 75-year longitudinal Harvard study led by George Vaillant and Sheldon Glueck, human happiness in the end centers largely around good relationship with others, and love. In our special feature, we have taken a closer look at how family business owners define happiness, how it links to their relationships with family members and why it is connected to the impact they have on their stakeholder’s lives.

Also in this issue family business and entrepreneurship features from the US, Singapore, Panama, Peru, Mauritania, Germany, Spain and more.

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Articles

Global family business news from all around the world in the quarter ending on August 2017, from a German automotive cartel to a massive Apple factory. 01 Germany – German auto cartel under investigation German family-owned auto manufacturers Volkswagen, Daimler, Porche,...
Interview with Charlie Kittredge, Chairman of Crane & Co., United States of America Located in Dalton Massachusetts, Crane & Co. can trace its roots back to the American Revolutionary War, when their paper mill printed the very first colonial bank...
Interview with Heinrich Jessen, CEO, Jebsen and Jessen Southeast Asia, Singapore From the coastal town of Aabenraa in what is now Denmark, two young men, Heinrich Jessen and Jacob Jebsen, whose fathers and grandfathers were sea captains, set out on a...
On the back of a technology revolution that has seen blazing fast internet speeds, sophisticated mobile devices, and increasingly smarter AI, the financial industry has undergone immense disruption. For the better part of this decade, financial technology, or Fintech...
Interview with Lucia Ceja, PhD, IESE Business School and Families in Business Analysis Center, Spain Photograph by Daniel Santacatalina Laborda The quest to discover the secret to happiness has been one which has preoccupied mankind since the dawn of recorded time....
Interview with Omar Otalora & Simon Otalora Procomon & Associates Panama The story of Procomon & Associates started in 1981 with Omar Otalora who was a geological engineer passionate about aerial photography. What started as simply providing services in geological positioning...
Interview with Gary Guittard, CEO, Guittard Chocolate Company, United States of America Northern California is home to many families whose ancestors came to San Francisco in the mid 19th century to pursue their luck in the gold rush. But one young...
In March of 2016, a machine named AlphaGo beat a 18-time world champion in the ancient game of Go. This may not seem like a significant occurrence as machines have beaten human players in chess for years. But what...
Interview with Jorge Aranguri Carranza Founder, Danper, Peru When husband and wife team Jorge Aranguri and Rosario Bazan started their Peruvian agri-business company Danper in 1994, they did far more than just set the foundation for a fast-growing company. Not...
An Interview with Daniel Krauss, Co-Founder of Flixbus, Germany Just a few years in existence, Germany’s Flixbus is already the poster child for a successful and global 21st century company. Enabled through technology, its three young founders took on the...
An Interview with Dave Munson, Founder of Saddleback Leather, United States of America Texas-based husband and wife owners of Saddleback Leather, Dave and Suzette Munson, built their leather goods business by prioritising the highest quality for their products, treating employees...
Interview with Andreas von Specht, Founder and Managing Partner at AvS – International Trusted Advisors Andreas von Specht, Founder and Managing Partner at AvS – International Trusted Advisors, has made it his mission to help family-owned businesses answer these delicate...
Interview with Dr. Leila Bouamatou, Mauritania The challenges of succession in a family owned business are as numerous as they are complex. From bridging the generation gap to walking the line between innovating and honouring tradition, succession is never simple even...
Interview with Prof. Nadine Kammerlander, WHU Chair of Family Business, Germany   The challenges facing a family-owned business are wide-ranging; however, the Chair of Family Business sets out to become a thought leader by focusing on specific topics such as innovation,...