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Tom Lumpkin
Social Entrepreneurship Research and Discussion Seminar

At DCU Business School, eight doctoral students from Ireland and across the globe took part in an intensive week-long social entrepreneurship doctoral seminar, from Sunday June 10 until Friday June 15, hosted by globally recognised entrepreneurship scholar Professor Tom Lumpkin, with leading family enterprise academic Dr Justin Craig. Read more here

CFB Workshop event
Family Business Research Workshop and Networking Event

DCU Centre for Family Business hosted a family business workshop and networking event at the Business School on June 4. Attendees engaged with a unique network of internationally recognised scholars including Professor William Gartner and Professor Candida Brush. For full details click here.

prof Richard Harrison

Risk and 'transgressive entrepreneurship' with Professor Richard Harrison at DCU

Students and researchers were given food for thought at a talk held by DCU Centre for Family Business. Professor Richard Harrison, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Director of the Compassionate Leadership Initiative at University of Edinburgh Business School, presented some of his research and ideas concerning the relationship between risk and entrepreneurship. Read more here


Family Business Seminar Series: Getting Published in High Ranked-Journals: Advice from an Editor

At DCU Business School, November 10, Family and non-family business scholars who were interested in conducting future research within the context of family business gathered at a seminar delivered by Prof. Susan Marlow. 

Women in Family Business and Leadership

Over 60 guests attended today’s Women in Family Business and Leadership event in the DCU Business School.

Organised by the Centre for Family Business and the Leadership and Talent Institute and sponsored by AIB, PwC and William Fry, the event aimed to create awareness and ignite important conversations around inclusivity and diversity in family business leadership. Read more here


Please find photos of the event here


Top US family firm speak about success and survival at annual Family Business Conference

Strong family governance, honest communication and planning enable generational survival in family business, according to Mr Paul Darley, President and CEO of a global, US based fourth generation firm. Read more here 


Please find photos of the event here. Please find slides of the event here.



Successful female CEO encourages women in family business to be confident

Be confident but don't be afraid to show humility was one of Ms. Vicki O'Toole's main messages to women in family business at the CFB's latest event. Vicki is CEO of JJ. O'Toole's, Ireland's leading packaging supplier which is 102 year old family business based in Limerick. Read more here

Please find photos of the event here. Please find slides of the event here.

US Top Consultant talks Talent Nurturing in Family Business 

A leading US expert in human resources management, Amy Schuman, encourages family businesses to consider HR as a strategic partner. Speaking to family businesses at a CFB workshop this week, Schuman relayed the importance of HR in not only helping next generation seek employment opportunities, but also ensuring a fair and effective employment experience for all. Read more.

Event slides for Amy Schuman's event can be found here. Photos of the event can be found here



 John Teeling
Working with Family Talent Roadshow hits Dublin and Cork

The next generation of family members must be ghost busters according to established entrepreneur and founder of the Great Northern Distillery, John Teeling. “You have ghosts and you have legacies in family business. You need ghost busters in the next generation.”

John was speaking in DCU (Dublin) at the first CFB family business workshop on Working with family: from engaging, to retaining, to passing on the business. John’s entrepreneurial interests were in mining and natural resources before he developed Cooley Distillery in 1987. Read more....

Please find photos of the events here. View Dublin slideshow here and Cork slideshow here


DCU CFB & Fingal County Council Family Business report launch, May 2016 

The report on Family Business in Fingal was commissioned by Fingal County Council and launched 18th May in the Fingal County Council Chamber at County Hall, Swords, by one of the world’s leading experts on family-run businesses, Dr Justin Craig. The report provides a snapshot of 12 multi-generational family businesses in Fingal with family involvement ranging from second to fourth generation. Between them they employ over 3,500 and have turnovers ranging from €1.5 million to in excess of €100m per annum. Read more...

Please download full report here.

 Jim Ethier
National Family Business Conference - Culture and planning key to success, April 2016

Developing a company culture and strategic planning were identified as critical elements for growth and success by a millionaire US family business leader at the DCU Centre for Family Business Conference (Tuesday, April 12th).

“We reviewed our history and our values- we were determined to change what we were doing, but not who we were. The effort to institute strategic planning forced us to examine who we were,” said Jim Ethier, keynote speaker and former Chairman and CEO of Bush Brothers & Co, the largest brand of bean products in the United States.

Ethier, who has spearheaded the growth of the sixth generation family company and Tennessee based outfit, which enjoys 80% US market share, shared the secrets of business success at this year’s conference which addressed the topic of “Attracting and retaining family and non-family talent in your business.” Read more...

See event programme here. See event photos here. See event slides here.

Listen to onference coverage on RTE Business here. See our conference highlight video 

CFB Webinar - Talent in Family Business: role of non-family members, March 2016

The CFB hosted its first webinar entitled Talent in Family Business; the role of non-family members. Director of DCU CFB, Dr. Eric Clinton led the interactive session and touched off important areas such as managing taelnt in family business, creating a  supportive non-family environment and appointing a non-family CEO ir director. Read more...

See webinar recording here.

See webinar slides here



 Next Generation Seminar

CFB Next Generation Seminar


Handling difficult conversations in multi-generational family firms was central to CFB’s latest family business seminar for next generation members. Professor Justin Craig from Northwestern University, Chicago, spoke about the changing roles within family business that can lead to challenges and misunderstandings. Read more here.

 Prof. Ken Moores
CFB All Ireland Family Business Roadshow 


Over 200 people nationwide attended the DCU Centre for Family Business Roadshow hosted by renowned academic, Professor Ken Moores.  Family businesses in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway turned out for the “Professionalising  Your Family Business” workshops run over the final two weeks of more.

CFB hold Innovation in Family Firms Seminar

The DCU Centre for Family Business held an Innovation in Family Firms themed seminar on Wednesday.  Family business practitioners, scholars and supporters attended the keynote address more.

Innovation in Family Business Seminar Coming Soon
Innovation in Family Business

The Family Business Seminar  - morning seminar with a keynote address from Professor Alfredo De Massis and panel discusssions. During the last decades, innovation and entrepreneurship have been widely acknowledged as key determinants of sustainable value creation and more.


Prominent Family Business Pracademic presents at CFB Conference 

Professionalisation and social capital investment were at the forefront of discussion during the DCU Centre for Family Business conference on Tuesday, 24th of March. Read more...


Dr.Timothy Habbershon 
CFB to host conference on Professionalising Your Family Business

DCU’s Centre for Family Business is holding a half-day conference entitled ‘Professionalising Your Family Business’ on Tuesday 24th March.
Read more... 



CFB hosts a workshop on smart and successful transfer of family business and wealth, 19th November 2014

The Centre for Family Business hosted the last of its 2014 family business seminars on the 19th November. Almost 50 family businesses from across the country  attended the seminar entitled ‘The Family Business: preserving and transferring wealth’, held in the DCU Ryan Academy. Read more...

Workshop on Wealth for Family Businesses

The DCU Centre for Family Business is hosting it's final event in the Legacy Series on Wednesday 19th November in the DCU Ryan Academy.This workshop is exclusive  to family businesses and will cover thought provoking and sensitive topics of preserving and transferring wealth. Read more...

DCU Centre for Family Business hosts legacy themed family business workshop, 25th September 2014

60 incumbent and next generation family business members gathered on 25th September for ‘The Family Business: Moving from mine, to ours, to theirs’ workshop where family business experts imparted advice on legacy and succession planning.  Multigenerational family businesses included Edward Flahavan’s & Sons Ltd, Nourish, Matthews Coach Hire and Grennan’s. Read more...

Family Business Workshop on 25th September 

The DCU Centre for Family Business is hosting it's second event in the Legacy Series. The workshop is for family businesses only on a very compelling topic - The Family Business: Moving from mine, to ours, to theirs.Here are some details of our event: Date: Thursday 25th September 2014. Time: 8 - 11am. Venue: Crowne Plaza Santry, Dublin 9. Read more...

DCU Centre for Family Business hosts its inaugural conference, 28th May 2014

On Wednesday 28th May, the DCU Centre for Family Business hosted the first of its Legacy Series conferences, a series of thought-provoking events to engage current and next-generation family business members in exploring the requirements for trans-generational survival, growth and value creation. Read more...

The Legacy Series - Engaging the Next Generation. Read more...   



















View some videos from our past events

National Family Business Conference: Attracting and retaining talent in your family business | April 2016

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National Family Business Conference: Keynote address by Jim Ethier I April 2016


National Family Business Conference: Panel discussion with Irish Family Businesses I April 2016


The Legacy Series Conference - Engaging the Next Generation I May 2014


DCU Centre for Family Business Launch | 2013