How Family Businesses Create Lasting Success

A pillar of the world’s economy, family businesses account for more than two-thirds of all…

Georgia (May 28, 2015)A pillar of the world’s economy, family businesses account for more than two-thirds of all companies globally, and provide between 50 percent and 80 percent of all employment, according to research by Family Firm Institute, Inc.


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What makes them succeed? And what serious threats do they face? To answer these questions, EY recently teamed with Kennesaw State University’s Cox Family Enterprise Center to survey 25 of the largest family businesses in the 21 top global markets.

The resulting report, Staying power: how do family businesses create lasting success? highlights success factors for these businesses, as well their primary risks.

Overall, the companies surveyed are both innovative and patient. As a group, these businesses report having a firm handle on succession; more than 87 percent of survey respondents have clearly identified their next-in-line leaders. These businesses’ ironclad cohesion can be attributed to clearly defined roles and open paths of communication.

“Vibrant family businesses around the world know the limitless value of connecting their families to their stakeholders in messaging and all elements of image,” says Joe Astrachan, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Kennesaw State University.



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