Lecture Series Family Owned Businesses
Family firms make up a majority of Germany's company landscape. Historically, Hamburg has been a hot spot for successfull family businesses in particular. This lecture series tries to shed light on these companies from various angles.
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
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.
INTERNATIONALISATION IN SME
by Gunnar Geyer and Amrisha Uriep
Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) face many challenges in the course of their international activities. These include, among other things, scarcity of resources or, compared to big corporations, a heightened susceptibility to political or legal risks. Even when there is an initial motive for activity abroad, the absence of an expedient and reliable strategy may often be the reason why SME are unsuccessful in their endeavour towards internationalisation. A further key obstacle may be the enterprise structure. How may SME develop a strategy for internationalisation to utilize the many advantages?... »more
by Prof. Dr. Thomas Straubhaar
Director of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI)
Small and medium-sized firms have deservedly been described as the backbone of the German economy. They are a driving force behind growth and employment. This applies to the Hamburg metropolitan region just as much as to Germany as a whole. In Hamburg around 70 % of all jobs subject to social insurance contributions are in small and medium-sized firms. Small companies with less than 20 employees are the rule, big companies with over 500 employees the exception... »more
Hamburger Wirtschaft 7/2011
by Christoph Herting
Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
When looking for a new proprietor, every small or mid-sized firm is faced with a pivotal challenge. Good preparation, open communication and clear rules are vital. Someone who has passed on a business over four generations of a family will have something to say about business succession and changes in general: “It all began with around a hundred horses and transportation routes between Bergedorf and Hamburg and the first purchase of a lorry back in 1928”, recounts Carsten Buhck about the origins of a family business that was... »more