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January 1, 2004

The wellbeing of owner-managed and family businesses is central to the strength of the European economy as a whole.

The wellbeing of owner-managed and family businesses is central to the strength of the European economy as a whole. These firms account for more than 70% of employment in the EU and make a major contribution to economic output in all member countries. They provide a continuing source of entrepreneurial energy within the existing EU and are sure to play a key role in evolution of the economies of the new member states.

January 1, 2004

I’ve been planning my retirement for some 15 years. I keep a sharp eye on my pension schemes and investments, and quietly rejoice that I never sunk my hard-earned cash into IT companies – firms that rode a tsunami of venture capital in the late 1990s only to come crashing down as the dot-com boom soured.

I've been planning my retirement for some 15 years. I keep a sharp eye on my pension schemes and investments, and quietly rejoice that I never sunk my hard-earned cash into IT companies – firms that rode a tsunami of venture capital in the late 1990s only to come crashing down as the dot-com boom soured. I've stuck to diamond mines, mutual funds and property, after all, there's nothing wrong with hedging your bets.

June 1, 2003

More than half the largest companies in Germany are family-owned. Economic incentives are essential to prevent these businesses from seeking a more favourable economic climate elsewhere

Sabine Klein  is researching and teaching in the family business field at Trier University, Germany, and the INSEAD business school, Fontainebleu, France. She is an Associate with the FBCG, The Family Business Consulting Group, Marietta, Georgia, USA, and a founding board member of IFERA – International Family Enterprise Research Academy, Barcelona, Spain.

More than half the largest companies in Germany are family-owned. Economic incentives are essential to prevent these businesses from seeking a more favourable economic climate elsewhere

April 1, 2003

Family businesses may have a better time weathering the economic downturn on the business front – all the more reason to work hard to keep themselves and their businesses in balance

Bonnie M Brown is President of Transition Dynamics Inc in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Family businesses may have a better time weathering the economic downturn on the business front – all the more reason to work hard to keep themselves and their businesses in balance

Recently I facilitated discussions among families in business on "finding well-being amidst chaos: keeping yourself, your family and your business in balance". We began with an informal assessment of stressors at the end of a typical family business day in the post-9/11, post-Enron United States. 

February 1, 2002

In this issue’s guest editorial, Dr Manesh L Shrikant examines the Indian family business scene and the challenges it faces in achieving future growth and prosperity

The landscape ofIndian family managed businesses (FMBs) is in a state of disequilibrium, even turmoil, as evidenced from certain performance paradoxes given in Table 1, on the next page. Analysis is not easy and future prognosis is even more difficult. However, by examining the evolution of India and its businesses, it is clear that certain challenges must be met for Indian businesses and India as a nation to move forward and prosper.

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