Masataka Taketsuru: The Father of Japanese Whiskey

Masataka Taketsuru: The Father of Japanese Whiskey

If one were to play a game of word association, the word ‘Japan’ would not likely be followed by ‘whiskey’. To conjure up images...
Hidden Resources: How Family Firms Use Their Past to Innovate

Hidden Resources: How Family Firms Use Their Past to Innovate

Family business researchers and practitioners have highlighted the distinct pool of resources including human, social and financial capital that can boost innovation performance in...
A Tale of Scone Palace - A 16th Generation’s Perspective

[Podcast] Sustaining Family Culture and Preparing The Next Gen

In this podcast, we speak to Viscount Stormont, 16th generation member of his family legacy, about what it means to sustain a family culture...
Dolce & Gabbana: Made in Italy

Dolce & Gabbana: Made in Italy

They say that “You can take the boy out of Sicily but you can’t take Sicily out of the boy." For Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce,...
Cadbury: Reinventing Both Chocolate and the Workplace

Cadbury: Reinventing Both Chocolate and the Workplace

If there were a Mount Rushmore for Chocolatiers, you can be sure John Cadbury’s face would be chiseled in granite. Few others in the...
Robin Li: The Man Who Took On Google and Won

Robin Li: The Man Who Took On Google and Won

The world is filled with millionaires who saw an industry just as it was about to take off and decided to get in on...
The Astonishing Rise and Fall of the Legendary Astor Family

The Stunning Rise and Fall of the Astor Family Empire

It was an image so rich in irony that it was almost poetic. Some of the last heirs of the legendary Astor family living...
Steinway & Sons: A 160 Year Musical Legacy

Steinway & Sons: A 160 Year Legacy of Musical Excellence

For any emerging family-owned enterprise, a professional endorsement can go a long way to increasing brand awareness and market credibility. But only a select...
What is a Mission Statement

What are Family Business Mission Statements?

Interview with Jay Hughes and Barbara Hauser: A Mission Statement is a declaration of what the family’s goals are and what they want to achieve. Many...
5 Shocking Mergers and Acquisitions

5 Shocking Mergers and Acquisitions by Major Companies

Earlier this year, American cable giant Comcast called off a potential merger with Time Warner Cable after coming under a firestorm of criticism from...