• Introducing the HIF

    Family businesses have not only been guarantors for economic stability, sustainable investment and future-oriented activity in the recent past but will continue to do so.

    Considering the importance of the research area relatively little scientific research has been conducted in the field of family owned enterprises.
    It is sought to gain insights which aid the family businesses in their daily business activites and their strategic orientation as well as form a basis for potential recommendations for the legislator. With the privately funded institute we intend to prove that Hamburg is a city not only with a vibrant community but a place of academic and scientific excellence... »more

    HIF Summer School 2013

    International Cooperations 

    The Summer School 2013 of the Hamburg Institute of Family Owned Business (HIF) took place in early September 2013 in the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA). The Summer School evolved around the questions that arise when deciding for (respectively against) cooperating. A variety of speakers touched upon academic and practical issues alike. The 8th Newsletter will give you further documentation about the event soon.

  • Engaging presentations and discussions during the third International Academic Symposium of the HIF

    This year's annual symposium with the topic 'International Cooperations' took place in early September 2013 at Warburg Haus. The invitation to the event was followed by around 20 scholars from nine countries who were given the opportunity to represent their university as well as discuss their own current research activities. 


Family Business Benchmark

The HIF and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce conducted a research study comprising numerous key figures of the asset-, revenue- and general financial-situation of family owned businesses and their non-family counterparts located in the metropolitan area of Hamburg.


» Research study (unfortunately only available in German)

Creativity contest


The Hamburg Institute of Family Owned Business (HIF), impulse and Francis Drake Agenturnavigator challenge communication and advertising agencies to compete in a contest. Participants are provided with the opportunity to generate, collect and present ideas that help family businesses to advertise themselves. For more information please click here.