Family Business Histories – A unique research project
Tharawat Family Business Forum and NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 8th April 2017 to collaborate on a pilot project about Family Business Histories and their impact on economic growth and social change in the MENA region. Learn more about the signing ceremony in the press release.
In the Middle East and North Africa, it is estimated that more than 80% of businesses are family-owned and run. This interdisciplinary project of NYUAD and the Tharawat Family Business Forum will bring together scholars from the Humanities and Social Sciences at NYUAD to compile, document and analyze the history of selected regional family businesses to better understand past challenges and decision-making, as well as commercial legacies.
This understanding will not only offer significant insights into historical transformations of business cultures and socio- economic environments in the GCC as well as the MENASA region but also support family businesses address current and future challenges.
What are the Overall Goals of the Project?
The Research Initiative will broadly seek to better understand the impact of family- owned businesses in the regional economy and document individual achievements.
This Research Initiative is the first and most ground-breaking project mapping family business legacies in the MENA. The Initiative features a globally unique approach to understanding family business impact.
About NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly-selective liberal arts, engineering and science curriculum with a world center for advanced research and scholarship enabling its students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges.