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May 23, 2013

Family businesses are less likely to fail than their non-family counterparts due to low turnover and higher diversity on their boards of directors, a new study published by business schools at three British universities has revealed.

Family businesses are less likely to fail than their non-family counterparts due to low turnover and higher diversity on their boards of directors, a new study published by business schools at three British universities has revealed.

The research found 80% of family businesses have at least one female director, which had a positive impact on business success as more diverse boards were found to produce less conflict.

May 29, 2012

Journalists spend far too much time telling everyone about the listed corporate sector and not the unlisted sector. They are missing out and the public is as well.

Scientists often lament the media’s coverage of their world.

Cancer research, climate change and weather projections are reported on almost daily by the media. Much of it is responsible coverage, informing the public objectively with attention to detail. Nevertheless, a sizeable amount isn’t. Instead, the coverage relies on attention-grabbing headlines, and scant concern for facts and detail. Headlines like “breakthrough in breast cancer drug” and “the UK is forecasted to have the coldest winter on record” are not unusual.

November 12, 2009

A new study by an influential business school challenges the perception that, in Spain at least, the biggest and most successful companies cannot be owned or controlled by families, writes Rodrigo Amaral

A new study by an influential business school challenges the perception that, in Spain at least, the biggest and most successful companies cannot be owned or controlled by families. Indeed, the main conclusions of Empresa Familiar: Ni Tan Pequeña, Ni Tan Joven (The Family Company: Neither Too Small Nor Too Young) are that there are more large, family-owned companies than not and, on average, they tend to last longer than companies with different kinds of ownership.

August 27, 2009

Do MBA students still aspire to work at listed companies despite the recent knock to their reputations? David Craik assesses what family businesses could do to attract them

Twelve months ago consultancy firm Hill & Knowlton released a report stating that MBA students were more attracted to the idea of working for a listed company than one that is family-owned. Have attitudes changed over the past 12 months as the global economic crisis damaged the reputations of many listed companies?

January 16, 2008

MBA students are more attracted to the idea of working for a listed company than one that is family-owned according to a new report from consultancy Hill & Knowlton.

MBA students are more attracted to the idea of working for a listed company than one that is family-owned according to a new report from consultancy Hill & Knowlton.

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