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Inaugural Professorial Lecture

  • When? 12 December 2019 , 5pm - 6.30pm
  • Where? 5pm - Refreshments in The Forum, Lord Swraj Paul Building (MU); 5.30pm-6.30pm - Lecture in MN110, Arthur Storer Building (MN)

Family businesses are reckoned as one of the engines of the post-industrial growth process since they are credited for a sense of loyalty to business success, long-term strategic commitment, and corporate independence. Family business is a popular business form, and across the globe they represent 70-80% of all businesses. However, in contrast to this popularity, the economy of this sector is characterised by alarmingly deteriorating survival rates. Drawing upon his published work and ongoing research, Professor Wang will explore strategies, processes, and resources that can contribute to the continuity of family businesses and their entrepreneurial venturing.

About the speaker

Yong Wang is a Professor in Family Business & Entrepreneurship at Wolverhampton Business School. He served the world-leading family business research association, IFERA, as the Board Director during 2010-2017, and was elected as the Fellow in 2018. He is the founding director of the Sino-Foreign Family Business Research Centre at Beijing Institute of Technology, China and holds visiting professorships at both Beijing Institute of Technology and Hebei University of Technology, China. Professor Wang’s teaching, research, and publications focus on family business, entrepreneurship, strategy, and business performance.