Family Businesses in Historical Perspective: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Webinar on the importance of including a historical element in the understanding of the family enterprise and how research is shifting to include this new dimension.


June 16, 2021


June 16, 2021


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Family Businesses in Historical Perspective: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

History is pervasive in family business settings, where values, beliefs, narratives, and artifacts of the founding family are handed down from generation to generation. The history of a family and its business, therefore, pervades family business goals, practices, and outcomes, creating a close link between the history of family businesses, their present traditions, and future aspirations. Family businesses can be burdened or empowered by their history. This talk will explore the significance and values of examining family capitalism from a historical perspective in conjunction with the upcoming special issue of the Family Business Review journal (FBR).

Participation upon invitation only.

  • The evolution of family business research
  • What we can learn from a historical analysis of family entrepreneurship/capitalism
  • Insights to be gained on family business longevity


  • Prof. Alfredo De Massis, Full Professor Entrepreneurship & Family Business, Free University of Bozen-Bolsano, IMD and Lancaster University
  • 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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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.