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November 22, 2019

Melia, Inditex and Damm families lead Spain’s digital revolution, family businesses H&M Group and IKEA unite to study recycled textiles, and Hays family creates 1,500 new careers in the UK’s travel industry.

Melia, Inditex and Damm families lead Spain’s digital revolution

Spanish family businesses Melia Hotels International, Inditex and Damm have been named among the top 10 companies leading the digital transformation of the Spanish economy.

Research by the Coordenadas Institute of Governance and Applied Economics hailed the families and public peers, such as Telefonica and Seat, for adapting their business models through digitalisation. Their motivation was to enhance their competitiveness and position themselves as international benchmarks.

September 24, 2019

More than half of the world’s leading family office principals say they expect a market downturn to start in 2020 and are considering how to safeguard against potential losses and capitalise on new opportunities.

More than half of the world’s leading family office principals say they expect a market downturn to start in 2020 and are considering how to safeguard against potential losses and capitalise on new opportunities.

Nearly half (45%) of principals surveyed said they were re-aligning their investment strategy to manage risk or take advantage of opportunistic events (42%). Another two-fifths (42%) said they were increasing their cash reserves, while a fifth (22%) are reducing leverage exposure within their investments.

September 13, 2019

Family offices are adopting the entrepreneurial flair of venture capitalists in their pursuit of bespoke real estate deals, Moonshot startups, sustainability projects and cross-border investments.

Family offices are adopting the entrepreneurial flair of venture capitalists in their pursuit of bespoke real estate deals, Moonshot startups, sustainability projects and cross-border investments.

September 9, 2019

Family businesses play a significant role in the global economy, and a number of business empires are family-owned. And just like any company today experiencing a tech-driven change, family-run enterprises aren’t an exception. To remain competitive, however, these firms should have a clear sense of what they want to accomplish and adjust accordingly. 

Family businesses play a significant role in the global economy, and a number of business empires are family-owned. And just like any company today experiencing a tech-driven change, family-run enterprises aren’t an exception. To remain competitive, however, these firms should have a clear sense of what they want to accomplish and adjust accordingly. They can’t stubbornly oppose change and insist on the same business practices forever, because it could be detrimental for them and cause irreparable damage.

November 14, 2018

The overwhelming majority of family businesses in Asia have experienced technological disruption, but less than half are ready to adapt to the advent of big data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, renewable energy or robotics.

The overwhelming majority of family businesses in Asia have experienced technological disruption, but less than half are ready to adapt to the advent of big data, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, renewable energy or robotics.

While more than 60% of families took steps to understand the nature of disruptive technologies, only one-third have developed a clear perspective on the future direction for their own industry, a new report by Lombard Odier found.

April 24, 2018

How can family businesses not just survive, but thrive in an era of big data and automation? James Beech asks futurologists what the world will look like for families by the middle of the 21st century and how families, with their patient capital, can start shaping tomorrow today.

How can family businesses not just survive, but thrive in an era of big data and automation? James Beech asks futurologists what the world will look like for families by the middle of the 21st century and how families, with their patient capital, can start shaping tomorrow today.

Ferrari is at a crossroads. The family-controlled supercar maker’s conundrum is laid bare at the end of an exhibition at the Design Museum in London that celebrates the marque’s 70th anniversary.

January 16, 2018

As family enterprises tap into virtual reality technologies, many are discovering new avenues for growth and sharper lines of communication. Scott McCulloch reports

As family enterprises tap into virtual reality technologies, many are discovering new avenues for growth and sharper lines of communication. Scott McCulloch reports

Banishing the myth of family businesses as technological laggards, cutting-edge families are deftly exploiting new technologies to beef up productivity, sharpen communications and connect with customers in real, virtual, and emotional ways.

January 3, 2018

The rise of robotics and artificial intelligence may seem at odds with multigenerational family businesses but Dr Ilian Iliev, managing director of EcoMachines Ventures, says a new pragmatism is forging exciting collaborations between the sectors.

The rise of robotics and artificial intelligence may seem at odds with multigenerational family businesses but Dr Ilian Iliev, managing director of EcoMachines Ventures, says a new pragmatism is forging exciting collaborations between the sectors.

October 31, 2017

With the rise of artificial intelligence, electric vehicles, and the sharing economy, one could be forgiven for thinking we are already living in an age of disruption.

With the rise of artificial intelligence, electric vehicles, and the sharing economy, one could be forgiven for thinking we are already living in an age of disruption.

But analysis by RBC Wealth Management suggests companies like Airbnb, Uber, and Netflix are the tip of the iceberg, with the current climate of sluggish growth and productivity ripe for much more widespread disruption.

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