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November 30, 2021

The nature of the family business human capital is complex. Family and non-family employees have the potential to offer unique and distinct contributions to the firm. Yet some human resources practices might be perceived as a preferential treatment to family employees over non-family ones.

The nature of the family business human capital is complex. Family and non-family employees have the potential to offer unique and distinct contributions to the firm. Yet some human resources practices might be perceived as a preferential treatment to family employees over non-family ones.

This could be detrimental to the reputation of family business, being perceived as socially irresponsible, and potentially limiting their ability to attract qualified nonfamily employees, which could ultimately affect the company’s long-term performance.

November 9, 2021

Agreeing on and abiding by a family constitution serves as the backbone for success for the leading Indian integrated logistics service provider V-Trans, owned and operated by the second-generation Shah family.

Agreeing on and abiding by a family constitution serves as the backbone for success for the leading Indian integrated logistics service provider V-Trans, owned and operated by the second-generation Shah family.

Mahendra Shah (pictured), group managing director and chief executive of V-Trans India Ltd, paid tribute to his late father and uncle as “the true entrepreneurs” who laid the foundation of the group based on ethics and values in 1958.

November 3, 2021

Family businesses often grow in an unstructured way, leading to a culture of informality. As a result, basic employment law documents can get overlooked and family members are not issued with employment contracts or subject to formal policies. This can leave the business exposed when issues arise as neither the business nor the family member have a ‘rule book’ to follow.

Family businesses often grow in an unstructured way, leading to a culture of informality. As a result, basic employment law documents can get overlooked and family members are not issued with employment contracts or subject to formal policies. This can leave the business exposed when issues arise as neither the business nor the family member have a ‘rule book’ to follow.

July 20, 2021

Why should a family business recruit non-family talent, and in particular a non-executive director? The answer lies in three areas—fresh perspectives and breadth of experience, independent oversight and constructive challenge, and performance.

Why should a family business recruit non-family talent, and in particular a non-executive director (NED)? The answer lies in three areas—fresh perspectives and breadth of experience, independent oversight and constructive challenge, and performance.

Independent research commissioned by the Institute of Directors found that the NED contribution added value to the firm with most believing the NED role improved profitability.

November 1, 2008

Fabrice Walewski is CEO of Touax Group, a listed family-controlled company based in Paris, France. Stephen McClure is a principal at The Family Business Consulting Group.

Fabrice Walewski is CEO of Touax Group, a listed family-controlled company based in Paris, France.

Stephen McClure is a principal at The Family Business Consulting Group.

Fabrice Walewski says:
Touax Group is currently managed by the fifth generation of the founding family. The business, which went public in 1906, leases equipment including shipping containers and modular buildings. The quality of the relationship with our customers as well as the quality of our service is a key part of our success.

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