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November 7, 2019

Global Perspectives on Family Capitalism

Lecture & Panel Discussion co-sponsored by the NYUAD History Program

12:00 - 1:30pm 

Open to NYUAD community and by invitation


Family businesses play an important economic role in most countries of the world. Apart from many similarities, there are also significant national and regional differences in terms of corporate and family cultures as well as the institutional environments. This event aims to draw comparisons between the emergence and evolution of family businesses in various parts of the world in their respective socio-economic, cultural and political landscapes. 


12:00 - 12:10 

Project Introduction

Farida El-Agamy

 Martin Klimke

Family Business Histories in the MENASA Region

12:10 - 12:45

Lecture:Varieties of Family Capitalism. Germany and the US since Industrialization

Hartmut Berghoff

(University of Göttingen)

Based on a recent comparative study on family businesses in Germany and the US since the Industrial Revolution, this talk will explore the differences of the two corporate landscapes using a long-term, historical perspective. It will analyze the legal, structural, political and cultural environments that have emerged since the 19th century and continue to influence the strategies of businesses and the families that own them to this day.

12:45 - 1:30

Panel Discussion: “Family Business Histories: Europe, Asia & the Middle East”

Hartmut Berghoff

(University of Göttingen)

Munther Al-Sabbagh 

(Zayed University)

Nelida Fuccaro


The panel discussion will cover the historical emergence and development of family businesses in the MENASA region and draw comparisons with their western counterparts. The aim of the discussion is twofold: to highlight the existing research gaps in this aspect of economic history research in MENASA and to shed light on the importance of filling said gaps.

Photo Credits:

Arabian bazaar - Alexandria, Egypt - Source: Akkasah

Street cobbler in Eyup - 1905 - Turkey - Source: Akkasah

The Harbor - Port Said, Egypt - Source: Akkasah

Workers in a Heinz can factory - 1909 - Seattle, USA - Source: Wikimedia Commons

Street Market - 1940s - Palestine - Source: Akkasah


November 23, 2017

We were delighted to hold our very first event in 2017. The event offered practical insights for family businesses on how to document, store and preserve their history for the generations to come.

Previous Events

February 7, 2019

Our first event of 2019 focused on family business history and legacy, building on our most recent research findings which focus on the foundation years of selected family businesses in the MENASA region

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