Family Business Histories | Family Businesses in Emerging and Developed Countries - A Historical Perspective

Webinar about how economical, political, and cultural frameworks of nations and states change through time and impact the growth of multi-generational enterprises.


September 7, 2022


September 7, 2022


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Family Businesses Histories
Family Businesses in Emerging and Developed Countries

A Historical Perspective of the Different Pathways and Opportunities for the Future

Family businesses are neither standard nor universal business organizations that operate without/ devoid of historical context. Families vary within the same territory and business culture over time, and so do businesses in which they partially or fully/completely invest. The respective economical, political, and cultural frameworks of nations and states also change through time and greatly impact the growth and opportunities of multi-generational enterprises.

Scholars tend to differentiate pathways of economic development into broad groups that can be classified in a dynamic way as developed, developing, or emerging economies.

In this webinar, Prof. Paloma Fernández will discuss key findings from a research project that aimed to identify key differences between the largest family businesses in a limited sample of developed and emerging economies at the beginning of the 21st century.

We will explore how path-dependent, long-term interaction of complex environmental factors (institutions, macroeconomic factors, culture) and ever-changing microeconomic dynamics of family businesses help explain many of the opportunities, and obstacles, that family businesses face today.

Participation upon invitation only.

  • Observations from case studies across regions.
  • What are the differences between family businesses in developed and emerging economies related to economic specialization and average longevity?
  • Why does data suggest that family businesses in emerging economies seem to have a bigger specialization in capital-intensive sectors like telecommunications, energy, media, and heavy industry?
  • How have family businesses in emerging markets with particularly unstable macroeconomic and institutional contexts ensured their success and growth?
  • Outlook for the future of family businesses in developed and emerging markets.


  • Professor Paloma Fernández, Full Professor in Economic and Business History at the University of Barcelona


  • Martin A. Klimke, Associate Professor of History. Vice Provost for Academic Policies & Governance, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Farida F. El Agamy, General Manager, Tharawat Family Business Forum

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Get an insight into the worldwide unique research program between the New York University Abu Dhabi and Tharawat Family Business Forum. Read more about this unique project here!

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Tharawat Family Business Forum

The Tharawat Family Business Forum is an independent, non-for-profit membership association dedicated to the sustainability, innovation, and growth of MENA family businesses.