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Rania Labaki
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  • Bordeaux
  • France
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Behavioral Science, Finance, Management
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Associate Professor at the University of Bordeaux, Rania teaches and conducts research at the intersection of the fields of finance and family business. Her main areas of interest revolve around the role of family relationships and emotions in financial decision-making and governance.
Being ultimately passionate about family businesses, Rania developed a unique mix of academic and practical knowledge throughout extensive experience with leading international organizations specialized in family business education, networking, consulting and research (The Family Business Network - FBN, The International Family Business Research Academy - IFERA, The Family Firm Institute – FFI, Business Families Foundation- BFF, and The International Family Business Foundation). She is regularly invited as speaker, visiting researcher and lecturer at universities, family business centres and forums in Asia, North Africa, Europe, North and South America. She is also member of editorial and reviewing boards for several academic journals in management and family business.
Rania served as Chair of the Annual IFERA Conference in 2012, as Guest Editor of the Entrepreneurship Research Journal’s Special Issue on the Emotional Dimension of Organizations in 2013, as Educator in Family Business Advising for FFI in 2013, and as Program Chair of the FBN International-Next Generation Summits from 2012 to present. Since 2009, she serves as academic expert of FBN International - Next Generation Committee where she contributes to program content development and facilitation for the international conferences and to strategic activities focused on education, research, networking, and entrepreneurial initiatives on an international level. She currently serves as the academic director of the Family Business International Foundation which supports the creation and dissemination of family business knowledge that is practically-based and scientifically-oriented. She is also advisory board member of Women in Family Business - WIFB. Since 2011, Rania is Director of the Master of Finance and Wealth Management at the University of Bordeaux and Member of the Scientific Board of FBN France.
Rania has received several international awards in recognition of her contributions to the family business field. Along with a Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Bordeaux, Rania holds the Family Firm Institute Certificates in Family Business Advising and Family Wealth Advising.

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The fabric of successful business families: Emotional roulette or emotional compass?

    “The rise and fall of the House of Seagram”, “Dethroning the King : The hostile takeover of Anheuser-Busch”, “Steinberg: The breakup of a family empire” or “Gucci Wars”, to cite a few, are documented storytelling books about the successes and failures of business families. Standalone from the actual facts, what strikes the reader most is the key role played by emotions in defining or shaping the family and…


Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:30pm

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