Family Business Center

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International Week - Shenzhen, China

During the International Week 2023, Prof. Dr. Anita Zehrer was able to pass on the knowledge of the Center for Family Business to students at Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU). In the module "Next generation of family business leaders" and in the module "Entrepreneurship in Family Firms" the students learned about the specifics of leadership in family businesses. In addition to her guest professorship during the International Week, Prof. Dr. Anita Zehrer and other colleagues from MCI | The Entrepreneurial University® were able to get to know the research focus areas and facilities of SZTU. More impressions and pictures can be found in the button bellow.

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„Satisfiction - Über die Zukunft der Zufriedenheit“

... and what satisfaction actually means. Anita Zehrer had the opportunity to discuss this topic on the panel at the new Tourism Topics Tirol format of the Tyrolean Chamber of Commerce at this year's FAFGA alpine superior. Whether tourism professionals can find happiness in dissatisfaction or whether guest satisfaction is the last word in successful tourism.

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New PhD Candidates 

Since mid-July and the end of August, Florian Sexl and Marvin Assenmacher have been supporting the Center for Family Business. In addition to their support in the further development and expansion of the ZFU in project management and in the context of courses, they are implementing their dissertation projects with a focus on the topics of health and digitalization in family businesses. The two are available for topic-related inquiries of all kinds.

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TIROLERIN Award 2023

In a world characterized by change and challenges, it is people and visions that point the way to the future. The TIROLERIN Award 2023 is a tribute to the tireless movers and shakers of Tyrol. They prove day after day that commitment, authenticity and creativity are the cornerstones for significant change. This year the TIROLERIN Award ceremony took place for the 2nd time in the magnificent Rießensaal of the Hofburg Innsbruck. Anita Zehrer was once again on the jury for the category "Family & Tradition". Social responsibility has a long tradition in many family businesses - family businesses are known for thinking in generations instead of annual reports. Therefore, family businesses that are pioneers of sustainable business in their region were nominated. This year, the company "Huter & Söhne" won in the category "Family & Tradition". Huter & Söhne is one of the oldest companies in the construction industry in Tyrol and is now managed by the 7th generation. Congratulations!

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Practice Lab with Charles Barker

Successful final presentation as part of the Entrepreneurial Business Lab course of the Master's program in International Business on the topic of "Generation Succession in Entrepreneurial Family Firms". Thanks to Charles Barker Corporate Communications GmbH for the exciting project.

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Research projects & publications

The Center team takes advantage of the summer and works on interdisciplinary research around the topic of family businesses. A great example is the project "The perception of family businesses from the perspective of Generation Y", which was developed in cooperation with LFUI. All current ZFU publications can be found in the button bellow.


Summer of conferences at the Family Business Center

Krakow, Madrid, Linz, Porto, Lisbon and Darmstadt - We are pleased to be able to continue to network internationally with our projects and thus share and expand knowledge in the context of family businesses together with partners around the world. More impressions and information can be found here.


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