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The Law of Family Heritage in Japan -- “The Leading Power in Family Business”
Featuring a huge number of family enterprises with impressive longevity, Japan is the so-called “leading power in family business”. According to statistics, there are 6,000 family enterprises with an entrepreneurial history of longer than 100 years in Europe, 800 in the US and more than 30,000 in Japan. Some of the “secrets” of these businesses’ longevity are common to other successful family businesses.

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Different Governance, Similar Legacy

Exploring Sustainable European Family Business Models
The Mulliez family and the Voith family both run centuries-old businesses. By examining these two European companies, we can uncover different ideas on the role of family members in managing the family business and how these ideas lead to different management architectures.

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Integrating the Chinese Culture and the Western Culture

The Exploration of Overseas Chinese Family Businesses in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is the main gathering area for overseas Chinese enterprises among which the vast majority was established upon the accumulated wealth by generations of laborers’ family who started from nothing and sailed south from China to seek for fortune. Compared with their European and American counterparts, Southeast Asia enterprises, heavily affected by the Confucian culture, tend to select successor from within the family for maintaining the family’s control over the business.

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The Water Supporting A Boat Can Also Sink It

One of the biggest differences between family and non-family businesses is the family relationship. The social relationship between family members is one of the unique characteristics of family businesses and is essential to the family system. It exerts significant influence on the operation of a family business, either directly or indirectly. Many family businesses don’t realize the significance of the family relationship to the success of their business until the relationship comes apart.

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The Global Challenges Facing Family Enterprises

When family enterprises first began to be recognized as a unique type of business organization, it was widely assumed that because each enterprise represented a specific family culture and was influenced by a regional culture, they would have little in common. However as increasing numbers of family enterprises venture beyond their home markets, the integration of regional and family culture begins to play a bigger role in the development of a family enterprise. When we know more about different regional business cultures we can better understand family business cultures.

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How to Break the “From Shirtsleeves Back to Shirtsleeves in Three Generations” C...

Family involvement in management adds a level of challenge and complexity to family business governance. The practice of placing family relationships ahead of corporate rules often results in severe internal conflicts within a family firm and can even sow hatred amongst family members.

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The Road to Family Harmony & Wealth

Don’t Give the Fish Away, Teaching People How to Fish is a Better Way to Feed Them
There are many similarities between family and business dynamics. Ethnic Chinese people in Southeast Asian countries have started many family businesses and Chinese mainland family businesses have many similarities to their Southeast Asian counterparts. Family values have also evolved across different countries and generations.

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CEIBS Pando Association Launched during Family-World Forum

December 8-9, 2014. Shenzhen - The CEIBS Kaifeng Centre for Family Heritage (CKCFH) held a two-day “Family-World Forum” in which renowned family business scholars together with first- and second-generation entrepreneurs from Chinese family businesses explored family business development and succession and the traits of family culture. The speakers at the event included Ms. Hu Hong from the Kaifeng Foundation, CEIBS Vice President and Co-Dean Prof. Zhang Weijiong, along with Co-Director of the CKCFH Professor Oliver Rui, and Professor of Philosophy from National Taiwan University Yuan Juzheng who each delivered a keynote speech.

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