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Historians analyzing Endurance and Internationalization of FB worldwide

Last years two collective books authored by historians with the cooperation of some FB scholars, that try to summarize, analyze, and give new ideas, about keys to endurance and internationalization…Continue

Started Oct 8, 2014

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With what family business organizations are you affiliated (e.g., FFI, FBN, IFERA, FERC, CAFE, IFB)?
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I study enduring family businesses in developing economies, past and present, in comparative perspective. My aim is to provide knowledge about common factors that within and outside the family businesses make easy, or difficult, the survival and growth of this type of business in countries and sectors in development stages

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Lessons from History. Families in Business? First, Families in Society... if you want to endure

Lessons from History: Families in Business? First, Families in Society if you want to endure, by Paloma Fernández Pérez, Universitat de Barcelona,

In recent business history books and articles about longevity and endurance of large family businesses in the world I have demonstrated that the oldest and largest family firms and groups are  in Japan and Germany, two countries that were devastated by world wars. Also,…


Posted on October 8, 2014 at 5:19am

Competitiveness of family businesses in the world: missing something in our research?

Very often we read in family business scholarship about entrepreneurship, leadership, endurance, emotions, values, but I cannot see much about competitiveness, or productivity. Are we missing the key issue of any business when approaching family businesses?

Let´s start about competitiveness. Michael Porter has published many articles indicating how a sector approach must be adopted in order to analyze the competitiveness of regions, nations, firms. Why don´t we apply this perspective…


Posted on March 7, 2012 at 6:02am

Network of Interdisciplinary Research of Family Firms

NIRFF is a network of around 70 experts from different disciplines and 3 countries interested in research and knowledge exchange on family businesses around the world:

The web contains profiles of the expert members, downloadable publications, useful resources, and information about news and activities.

Coordinator: Paloma Fernandez, Ph.D. in History from U.C. Berkeley,…


Posted on June 3, 2011 at 6:53am

Society changes Families and Families change Business

The following is a summary of an article I am publishing, which can be sent to interested readers:


Key idea: From the Middle Ages to Present Times, families need the law, and professionals, to safeguard the family legacy from external forces, and from untrustable family members. Medieval entailments were, in Europe, the key legal tool that protected this legacy from generation to generation against bad family stewards or against bad luck, or war, or bankruptcy. Kings and…


Posted on June 2, 2011 at 5:45am

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At 5:22am on June 2, 2011, paloma fernandez said…
I have a Ph.D. in History from U.C. Berkeley, and currently I teach about family firms, innovation and globalization with a long term and comparative perspectives at the University of Barcelona. I supervise Masters and Ph.D. dissertations on family business groups and firms operating in China, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain. I am founder and coordinator of the Network of Interdisciplinary Research in Family Firms ( , a network of around 70 distinguished experts from 3 continents from different disciplines doing research in family businesses. I have published several books and many articles in peer-reviewed international journals, about the factors that lead to failure and success in enduring family firms, particularly in developing economies of past and present times. Many lessons to learn from history!!! I currently co-lead with A. Lluch (CONICET-Harvard Business School) an international project funded by FBBVA called "A century of change: continuity and transformations of family businesses in the Spanish American world"

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