UPCOMING EVENT: IESE-IEF Foro de Reflexión para Empresarios

The Foro de Reflexión is a collaboration between IESE’s Chair of Family-Owned Business and the Instituto de Empresa Familiar designed to foster and support family business initiatives in key areas of development. On Wednesday, February 14, IESE’s Madrid campus will gather experts and entrepreneurs to exchange experiences and expand knowledge on best practices regarding “Alliances […]

A conversation with Ibukun Awosika

I recently had the great honor of interviewing Ibukun Awosika for IESE’s This Is Real Leadership podcast. Ibukun Awosika has had a long and illustrious career as an entrepreneur, leader, speaker, former president of First Bank of Nigeria and author of several books, including The Girl Entrepreneur. In this episode, we discuss authentic leadership, decision-making […]

2022-23 Annual Report

From academic sessions and new research lines to conferences and ongoing communications with our readers, the Chair of Family-Owned Business made important inroads in 2022-23 to elevate and advance the practice and knowledge of family-controlled firms. You will find all the highlights in our 2022-23 Annual Report, an overview of our team’s collective efforts to […]

Presenting our updated Chair webpage

We are happy to present our updated Chair webpage, created under the umbrella of IESE’s corporate site. In addition to showcasing our academic team and research lines, the new page includes links to our communications platforms (like this blog!), academic publications and corporate sponsors, Fundació Jesús Serra and Caser, whose generosity allows us to continue […]

The power of women in family business

Today is March 8, International Women’s Day. On this day, the world comes together to shine a spotlight on the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, as well as the obstacles that continue to undermine gender equality in the workplace and other critical domains. First, some good news: there have been significant strides […]

The link between family firms and their stakeholders

Global organizations are increasingly integrating stakeholder opinions and ESG objectives in their corporate purpose, an approach that family businesses have been applying for decades. In this recently published Harvard Deusto article, I explore the essential role of purpose and why it should be viewed through a strategic lens: Profundizando en la relación entre empresas familiares […]

Opening the door to new possibilities

The start of the new academic year invites us to open our minds in the broadest sense – to new ideas, people, projects and ways of working that inspire us personally and motivate our teams and organizations. In the realm of family business, several dualities reflect this sense of expansiveness: legacy and future, tradition and […]

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