Japan’s family businesses place high importance on the retention of family ownership and preservation of the business and its traditions for the next generation. Of the family firms surveyed as part of our KPMG Global Family Business Survey, 80% had a family member CEO, three out of five were 100% family-owned, and the remaining companies were more than 50% family owned. A unique element of Japanese family businesses is their longevity – with two of the companies surveyed being run by fourteenth and seventeenth generations.
I have worked with many family owned businesses in diverse industries over the last 20 years and this has allowed me to gain a greater understanding of how a family business can achieve growth, the risks involved and how governance plays an essential part in ownership control. I am happy to share and extend my experiences with you on how to make a successful endeavour when taking on the challenge to start or run your own family owned business. I welcome you to comment and debate any issues that you face in managing your family business, or to share your successes and best practices with us.
– Steve Woodward
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