Family Firms at the Crossroads – 2016

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Family Firms at the Cross Roads

International Conference, 12 December 2016


On 12 December 2016 the Faculty of Business Administration, Prague University of Economics and Business and the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic organized the conference Family Firms at the Crossroads.

Plenary speeches wereheld by government representatives, owners of important Czech family firms, as well as academics from prestigious international universities. Last but not least, the conference featured signing of the worldwide recognized professor Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez from IMD and the official launch of the Center for Family Business at the Prague University of Economics and Business.

Date: December 12, 12:00, Monday, 2016

Place: Prague University of Economics and Business, nám. W. Churchilla 4, 130 67 Prague 3, Room RB211 (located in “Rajská budova” – entry through Italská street)

Key Questions of the Conference

  • Why are family firms still a neglected element of our economy? How and why change it?
  • What attention is devoted to family firms in developed Western countries?
  • How can the cooperation among family firms, academics and government results in a victory for all involved parties?
  • Why does the next generation of families often refuse to be involved in family firms? How to deal with it?


10:45 – 11:45 Registration
12:00 – 12:10 Opening and Welcome Address
Jiří Hnilica, vice-rector for international relations and head of Center for Family Business, Prague University of Economics and Business
Andrej Babiš, 1st Government Deputy Chairman of the Czech Government for Economy and Minister of Finance
Karel Havlíček, president of the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Crafts of the Czech Republic
12:10- 12:15 Deloitte on the legislative definition of family business
12:15- 12:45 Family Business as Political Topic – panel discussion
Jan Mládek, Minister of Trade and Industry
Karla Šlechtová, Minister for Regional Development
Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez, professor, IMD Global Family Business Center, Laussane
12:45 – 13:15 Break/Press Conference
13:15 – 14:45 Intra-family Succession – Family Taboo or Frequent Discussion Topic?
13:15 – 14:00 Setting up a successful family business center: A possible model.
How to best manage succession in family firms?
Alfredo De Massis, professor, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; Co-Director of Centre for Family Business, Lancaster University, UK
14:00 – 14:45 E Merck KG as family business since 1668
MMag. Johannes Baillou, Vice Chairman, executive boad of E. Merck KG
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Management Succession in Family Business – panel discussion
Passing on to the next generation: Why we need more family business research centers and more succession research?
Hermann Frank, professor, Research Institute for Family Business, Vienna University of Economics and Business
LIKO-S, a. s., Family Business of 2014
KOMFI spol. s r. o., Family Business of 2015
16:30 – 16:45 Break
16:45 – 18:00 Ownership Succession – Family Business Transition to the Next Generation – panel discussion
EMCO spol. s. r.
Ollies dorty s. r. o.
Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez, professor, IMD Global Family Business Business Center, Laussane
18:00 – 18:15 signing of the book Rodinná firma by Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez, IMD, Laussane


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