Discover Stories of Global Family Businesses

Here is our selection of international family businesses that have shaped the global economy over the decades. Explore their stories.



Please find below an initial list of suggestions for further readings related to family business histories.

Family Businesses

Aamer Abdul Jalil Alfahim. Strategies for Family Businesses in Abu Dhabi to 2030. Coventry University, 2011.

Berghoff, Hartmut. “The End of Family Business? The Mittelstand and German Capitalism in Transition, 1949–2000.” Business History Review, vol. 80, no. 02, June 2006, pp. 263–95.

Carsrud, Alan L., and Malin Brännback, editors. Understanding Family Businesses: Undiscovered Approaches, Unique Perspectives, and Neglected Topics. Springer, 2012.

Colli, Andrea. “Business History in Family Business Studies: From Neglect to Cooperation?” Journal of Family Business Management, vol. 1, no. 1, Apr. 2011, pp. 14–25. emeraldinsight.com (Atypon)

Lubinski, Christina, et al., editors. Family Multinationals: Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Pathways to Internationalization. 1 edition, Routledge, 2016.

Lubinski, Christina. “Path Dependency and Governance in German Family Firms.” The Business History Review, vol. 85, no. 4, 2011, pp. 699–724. JSTOR.

Wilson, Charles Henry. The History of Unilever: A Study in Economic Growth and Social Change. Cassell, 1954.


Directories of corporate archives

Society of American Archivists -  Directory of Corporate Archives in the United States and Canada 

National Archives of the Working World - France


The Business History Review

Entreprises et Histoires 

Journal of Family Business Management


Family Business Review