Morten Bennedsen

Professor of Economics
Email morten.bennedsen@insead.edu
This is a collection of 40 profiles of long-lived family firms representing all but eight members of the Hénokiens, a French association whose 48 members have survived for more than two centuries. Of the 40 members featured in this collection, the oldest is a hostel in Japan named Hoshi Ryokan, which has been in business for 1,300 years and has been operated by same family for 46 generations.

Published 27 May 2019

Reference 6503

Topic Family Business

Region Global

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This two-part case collection presents the profiles of 39 family-run firms that are 'Hénokiens', a French association whose members have survived for more than two centuries. The oldest member, a hostel in Japan named Hoshi Ryokan, has been in business for 1,300 years over 46 generations.

Published 05 Apr 2019

Reference 6245

Topic Family Business

Region Global

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On 30 August 2016, Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition, ordered Ireland to recover €13 billion in illegal state aid that the state had granted Apple over a decade from 2003. In allowing Apple to pay close to zero in taxes, she ruled, Ireland had given the foreign company a selective advantage over other businesses paying the regular corporate tax rate of 12.5%.

Published 23 Jan 2019

Reference 6259

Topic Economics & Finance

Region Europe

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The case accounts for the gender pay gap in companies and industries around the world. In Europe, women earn on average 84 cents per hour for every euro men make. In the United States, they earn between 80 and 82 cents per hour for every dollar made by a man. The gap widens further after women have children.

Published 30 Jul 2018

Reference 6406

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Human Resources Public Policy

Region Global

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Family-owned firm Brunata, an engineering business and major player in Denmark’s heat consumption market, faces a leadership crisis after the retirement of its charismatic founder. Although his four children have worked in the company, none ultimately have the right stuff to lead, notably the eldest son who is removed by his father three years after taking over the top job.

Published 30 Jul 2018

Reference 6213

Topic Family Business

Industry Building Materials Machinery

Region Europe

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Family-owned firm Brunata, an engineering business and major player in Denmark’s heat consumption market, faces a leadership crisis after the retirement of its charismatic founder. Although his four children have worked in the company, none ultimately have the right stuff to lead, notably the eldest son who is removed by his father three years after taking over the top job.

Published 30 Jul 2018

Reference 6213

Topic Family Business

Industry Building Materials Machinery

Region Europe

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The case explores the murky world of tax havens and hidden wealth. The so-called ‘Panama Papers’, ‘Paradise Papers’, ‘Swiss Leaks’ and ‘LuxLeaks’ are essentially digital dumps that exposed where the the ultra-rich had for decades stashed their billions to evade paying taxes. Academics such as Gabriel Zucman have mined these revelations for insights about global wealth inequality.

Published 26 Mar 2018

Reference 6389

Topic Economics & Finance

Region Global

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The case highlights a bloodless succession coup that was over within weeks following the death of the founder of one of the largest conglomerates in Taiwan. In January 2016, Chairman Chang Yung-fa, 88, founder of Evergreen Group, died, leaving a handwritten testament disinheriting his three sons from his first deceased wife.

Published 26 Mar 2018

Reference 6386

Topic Family Business

Industry Transportation/Trucking/Railroad

Region Asia

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The case examines the reforms to the French labour code made by President Emmanuel Macron after his election in April 2017, essentially designed to loosen restrictions on hiring and firing.

Published 29 Jan 2018

Reference 6361

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Political Organization Government Administration

Region Europe

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This three-part case covers the history of Samsung from its origins as a small trucking company to one of Korea’s largest conglomerates. Part A, “Drivers of Success, Family Assets and Business Strategy”, charts the growth of Korea’s the export-led economy after the end of Japanese occupation in 1945, driven by a handful of family-owned ‘chaebols’.

Published 27 Nov 2017

Reference 6350

Topic Family Business

Industry Telecommunications Consumer Electronics

Region Asia

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The Governance of Family Firms