A collaborative research project between New York University Abu Dhabi and Tharawat Family Business Forum

Family Business 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 explored 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).



Family Business Histories in the MENASA Region

Farida El-Agamy, Tharawat Family Business Forum

Interdisciplinary discussion

Family Business Histories in Historical Perspective

Professor Alfredo De Massis, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, IMD and Lancaster University

Martin Klimke, NYUAD