Takeaways From Strategic Management Society’s Meeting In Paris

family business, consulting

It’s an irresistible combination: the SMS Annual Meeting (September 22-25), and it’s in Paris, so here I am. The meeting brought together some 1200 people, about 90% of whom have PhDs in some aspect of planning, and everyone with an interest in sustaining successful family businesses.

From the program: “Family businesses are a prevalent form of organization in most of the world’s economies . . . The aim . . . is to identify and reflect on critical questions regarding latest developments in the field of strategy . . . and specifically related to trends such as digitalization, demographic change, and political tendencies of protectionism.” The Sunday session panel chairs were Fabian and George Tovstiga, both of the prestigious EDHEC Business School (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord.) The panelists were Ludovic Cailluet, EDHEC, Nadine Kammerland, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Carlo Salvato, Bocco ni University (and also Vice President of FFI.)

What I want to say is that in my experience, much of the research is focused on what conditions do or do not exist in family businesses. I believe there should be more focus on what actions might be taken by family business consultants to improve overall operations. That’s always been my motivator in working with the over 500 families during my 50- year career. “I hear you. I see your issues. Now let’s do something to change them.”

Many of my peers are also interested in seeing new research be more in the arena of practical applications rather than just esoteric concepts and constructs. Our panel later that week in Paris was more centered on the gap between researchers and practitioners, and we discussed the need for greater dialogue between the groups.

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It’s My Life’s Work—And It’s Time To Share It

family business, consulting New online course now available

In early 2018, in the deep winter of the Rocky Mountains, I sat down to write about what I’ve done for a living for the last 50 years. Yes, 50 years. For the last 5 decades I have worked to help families in business grow, prosper, stay together, keep the love, and pass the torch when the time comes. When I started, there were not many people who could be called in to help a family that was both in business together and in crisis. Now there are college courses in family business management being taught in major universities and there are family business consulting firms all over the world.

I have traveled extensively in this profession, and I treasure the friends I have made and the colleagues I continue to work with in all the various countries. Over the last few years, I observed how the world has changed and how people can now learn about whatever topics they find interesting and/or necessary by just booting up their computers. I acknowledged it was time for me to take what I have learned over my years in family business consulting and make it available in an online course.

On Thursday, September 13, I made a presentation to the Tulane University Family Business Center, and I announced that my new online course is now available. Re-Imagining Relationships For Families In Business takes the learner through what I know to be the Concepts, Methods, and Techniques That Can Work Miracles.

Successful families make a commitment to build and maintain healthy and functional family relationships that further the goals of the family business. Such a platform for success is anchored on these 4 Pillars: Alignment, Boundaries, Communications, and Competency. […]

Who Do You Trust?

David Bork, renowned Consultant of Family Business Matters, shares insight on how to build trust within a family in order to improve the success of the family business. Without trust, success of a family business will be difficult to achieve. Check out "Who Do You Trust?" from David Bork and the Family Business Matters Consulting Team today!

By |2020-06-25T08:08:43-06:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

A Place to Contemplate the Beauty of Mt. Sopris… in Memory of My Father

Mt. SoprisFamily is important to David Bork. In honor of his father, he created a garden in an area that offers a beautiful view of Mount Sopris, Colorado. The garden is dedicated to his father, but is also a gift to the community - for all to enjoy. A garden area is an excellent way to honor family roots.

By |2018-10-29T07:47:51-06:00September 12th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Form Should Follow Function in Family Business

Family business structure and the concept of adapting and evolving applies to family-owned business. When creating solutions for a family business, the first step is to analyze the functions that need to take place to make the business work. Family business structure and efficiency can ultimately lead to higher profitability.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Nepotism – A Quick Review

There are two types of family business nepotism - the bad kind and the good kind. The good kind allows business owners to take advantage of relationships with respected employees and colleagues to help find and hire employees with a similar work ethic and values. This kind of nepotism can actually help a business.

The GOOD Kind of Nepotism

There are advantages to nepotism and there are disadvantages. The good kind of nepotism takes advantage of relationships with respected employees and colleagues to help find and hire employees with similar traits. Good nepotism has worked successfully for many family businesses and can foster an environment where employees feel that the employer really cares about them.

Family Business, Students & Spanish in Chile

During the Family Firm Institute's (FFI)25th Annual Conference in Boston, MA, David Bork was invited by Professor Claudio Muller to speak to his class in Santiago, Chile. With 100 people in attendance, Bork presented on several of the fundamental principles of Family business, including family business education, as well as topics covered in his book The Little Red Book of Family Business.

By |2020-06-25T09:07:57-06:00November 23rd, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|

Structure of a Family Constitution

business-successA family business constitution expresses the will of the family for future generations and gives family members a sense of security about how matters will be handled including a method or process for the resolution of differences. The purpose of a family business constitution is to ensure each family member receives predictable and fair treatment.

By |2017-07-10T13:48:22-06:00February 18th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|

Family Constitutions Address Common Conflicts

business-successThere is little that can be done to avoid all family business conflicts. A family business constitution sets up the playing field for orderly succession. It also establishes mechanisms to help resolve conflicts before they have damaging effects on the business and on family relationships. Family constitutions are instruments of governance.

By |2017-07-10T13:48:22-06:00February 14th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|

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