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Since 2008, times have been tough for family businesses. The antidote: tapping into hidden value. ...
Since 2008, times have been tough for family businesses. The antidote: tapping into hidden value.
Like families in general, family businesses seem to function relatively well in troubled times. In fact, many studies show that, in the long run, they perform better than other business models. Key factors for their ongoing success include a management perspective that emphasizes the long term, strong brand and family name recognition, and often a strong focus on the core business.1
But in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), family businesses are trending in the opposite direction.2 During the recent crisis, they have been less resilient than the rest of the economy despite a pre-downturn history of rapid growth and market dominance. Since 2008, the A.T. Kearney GCC Family Conglomerate Index has decreased by 60 points, while the Bloomberg GCC 200 Index has decreased by 40 points, a 20-point performance gap (see figure 1).3 After a tough 2008, GCC family businesses rebounded to some extent (as did the market), but this did not last. As the overall market has trended mostly up, family businesses have trended downward.
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