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  • Joachim Schwass assesses the challenges ahead for business educators who need to adapt their curriculum to focus on basic finance and viable growth strategies

  • A 148-year-old family company is under attack – by another family business. InBev, the world’s second largest brewer, made a hostile bid for Anheuser-Busch, the world's third largest brewer, in early June.

  • Instilling a sense of ‘giving’ into the next generation can release a passion and bring with it a motivation. Joachim Schwass explains why this is the ideal tool for linking the younger generation to both the business and the family’s values

  • Foresight and vision have made the Votorantim Group one of the most powerful corporations in Brazil. Joachim Schwass charts the history of the family behind the business and examines the management structures that have helped it to succeed

  • Learning from and valuing the past, developing on a personal and business level and striving to embrace new concepts are all key to successful growth strategies for family firms. Joachim Schwass summarises the findings of an exhaustive and revealing study

  • Fresh from winning the 2004 IMD – Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Distinguished Family Business Award, Joachim Schwass reports on the Barilla family and the history behind their flourishing bread and pasta empire

  • Just one year before the Bonnier Group celebrates its 200th anniversary, the Bonnier Group were the recipients of the 2003 IMD – Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Distinguished Family Business Award

  • Samuel C Johnson Family Enterprises were the recipients of the 2002 IMD Distinguished Family Business Award. Over the past decade, the company and the family behind it have seen phenomenal growth – in both the business and the family dimensions

  • Mariano Puig Planas, Chairman of Corporacion Puig, talks about the development of family business in Spain and the criteria for success.

  • Swiss family businesses are focused on the relevant business and corporate issues that need to be addressed for future success but fare less well on the emotional issues such as succession

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