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How to successfully Transfer Family Business to Second Generation

International Conference, 30 January 2018


The Center for Family Businesses at the Prague University of Economics and Business and the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts CZ organize a conference “How to Successfully Transfer Family Business to Second Generation“. The conference focuses on first-generation family businesses, the generation of founders and issues surrounding their transfer to the second generation of family owners. The conference will be attended by representatives of the government, representatives of major Czech family businesses and representatives of the Czech and foreign academic sphere.

Among the key conference speakers we are happy to have prof. Mattias Nordqvist – a world-renowned expert on family businesses, Director of Centre for Family Entreprise and Ownership at the Jönköping International Business School and Roberto Brazzale – the owner of a family business operating in the Czech Republic representing the seventh generation in an Italian family firm founded in 1784.

During breaks and at the end of the conference, there will be, apart refreshments, enough space for opportunities for networking and sharing experience.

When: Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:00 – 18:00

Where: Prague University of Economics and Business, W. Churchill Sq. 4, 130 67 Praha 3 (located in “Rajská budova” – entry through Italská street)

Key Conference Topics

  • When and how the first generation ideally steps down and the next generation steps in?
  • What kind of issues is the family exposed to when starting the transition process?
  • What are the most common issues faced by family businesses in transitioning to the second generation?

Conference Program

09:00 – 09:45 Registrations
10:00 – 10:15 Opening and Welcome Address
Jiří Hnilica, vice-rector for international relations and the director of Center for Family Businesses, Prague University of Economics and Business; Karel Havlíček, president of the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts CZ and dean of Faculty of Economic Studies, University of Finance and Administration
10:15- 10:50 Family Business as Political Topic – panel discussion with politicians
Andrej Babiš, The Prime Minister
Klára Dostálová, Minister for the Regional Development
10:50 – 10:55 ŠKODA AUTO a.s. and family businesses within their dealer network
Miroslav Holan, Development of Dealer Network, ŠKODA AUTO a.s.
10:55 – 11:00 Definition of family firms in the Czech Republic: Current situation
Miroslav Svoboda, Partner, Deloitte Advisory s.r.o.
11:00 – 11:30 What the universities in the Czech Republic are doing in the area of family businesses?
Petra Rydvalová, Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Liberec
Naděžda Petrů, University of Finance and Administration
Jiří Hnilica, and Stanislav Servus, Prague University of Economics and Business
11:30 – 12:00 —— break
12:00 – 13:00 Family relationships – a key to successful succession
Martin Kvapilík, International Federation for Family Development, Quality and IT director in the family business TOSHULIN, a. s.
Martin Jurek, Prague University of Economics and Business
13:00 – 14:00 Succession and governance in family businesses that are in the transition from 1st to 2nd generation
Mattias Nordqvist, Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership, Jönköping International Business School, Švédsko
14:00 – 14:30 —— break
14:30 – 15:30 When the seventh generation of Italian cheese makers decides to do business in Haná, Czech Republic
Roberto Brazzale, Brazzale Moravia, a. s.
15:30 – 16:00 —— break
16:00 – 17:15 Panel discussion with Czech family businesses and prof. Nordqvist
BEZNOSKA, s.r.o.
HRDLIČKA spol. s r.o.
GUMEX, spol. s r.o.
17:15 – 18:00 —– networking