AN INSTITUTE OF
FAMILY BUSINESSES
FOR FAMILY BUSINESSES

BUSINESS AND FAMILY

BUSINESS AND FAMILY

When a business family grows strongly, it can turn into multiple groups and large dynastic family associations. How do you include them all?
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SUCCESSION

SUCCESSION

In this topic, corporate succession is the focus, with all its revenue and inheritance tax implications, and with all of its implications for upbringing.
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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How can a family business be steered in all its facets? This is where everything relating to corporate management is discussed.
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FAMILY BUSINESSES IN SOCIETY

FAMILY BUSINESSES IN SOCIETY

Family businesses are firmly rooted in society. How can family businesses from different cultural backgrounds collaborate successfully with each other?
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CRISES & CONFLICTS

CRISES & CONFLICTS

Business before family? Or family before business? The focus here is on the dynamics and influence of the family on the business.
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DIGITALISATION & TECHNOLOGY

DIGITALISATION & TECHNOLOGY

New technologies play a key role. How do family businesses position themselves to succeed in the age of digitalisation?
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LONGEVITY

LONGEVITY

In this topic, the focus is on transgenerational aspects and the part they play in the longevity of family businesses. We look at the mechanisms used and planned to sustain a business into the future.
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DO YOU HAVE A CONCRETE RESEARCH IDEA?

DO YOU HAVE A CONCRETE RESEARCH IDEA?

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EVENTS


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SEP 26
58th FAMILY BUSINESS FORUM

"Nachfolger im Dialog", at Witten/Herdecke University

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NOV 07
59th FAMILY BUSINESS FORUM

"Der Notfallkoffer für Unternehmerfamilien und Familienunternehmen", at BLANCO GmbH & Co. KG, Oberderdingen

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NOV 14
SYMPOSIUM WIFU MEETS...

Anthropology, at Witten/Herdecke University

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PRACTICAL EXCHANGE FOR FAMILY BUSINESSES


The Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU) sees its mission in systematically and theoretically researching the specific challenges that family businesses face, and to gain a deeper understanding of them, then to feed this understanding back into practice. We organise regular intensive discussion sessions in a protected environment, covering sensitive themes such as leadership roles, succession, conflicts, crisis management, shareholder identity, mechanisms of family management and so on, and we offer platforms with and without moderation so that family businesses and business families can meet and discuss experiences, successes and challenges on an equal footing.

SUCCESSORS IN
FAMILY BUSINESSES


The NextGen are the family entrepreneurs and managers of the future. We network successors with each other, and, as well as supplying theoretical models for long-lasting, successful family businesses we offer a platform for exchange between like-minded people. Our key aim is to stimulate an appreciation and responsibility for entrepreneurship.

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RESEARCH ON FAMILY BUSINESSES


WIFU is a centre of experienced and young researchers. An initiator that provides access to the field and supports projects that develop the family entrepreneurship research area in academic life. We show junior researchers that their courage to be different is an opportunity. Our unique combination of quantitative and qualitative research approaches with a clear link to practice is the best reason to take up an academic career at WIFU. We build long-term relationships between the Institute, the Foundation, and our researchers, and these are characterised by close and intensive interactions.

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WIFU SPONSORS (SELECTION)


The WIFU Foundation is currently supported by 75 family businesses.
Through their involvement and commitment, this group enable WIFU’s research and training on family businesses and business families.

LIBRARY


From best practice guides to studies – all of WIFU’s publications are available to download from our library for free.

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