In the Press

John A. Davis is a sought after expert by the media. His commentary and research regularly appear in the business press in print, on radio, and on television.

Below is a collection of the most recent interviews and press appearances by Professor John Davis. View an archive of John Davis' historical media interviews.

 

9 Nov 2017

Valor Economico

How to Speed Up Business in Family Companies

For a long time, Harvard Business School professor John Davis, one of the world’s top family business experts, has agreed to the claim that this type of business moves more slowly but eventually proves itself better than others. (full article in Portuguese)

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20 Oct 2017

Financial Times

Family Offices: A History of Stewardship

The term “family office” conjures up images of yachts, stately homes and imposing oak-panelled offices in places such as London’s Mayfair. But family offices’ roots date from the sixth century, according to the EY Family Office Guide, which explains that the role of managing royal wealth was first taken on by a king’s steward. The […]

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The Economic Times
22 Aug 2017

The Economic Times

How succession algorithm in India’s family-owned businesses are changing

Business successions can be come messy — both in family-controlled businesses such as Raymond, where there are multiple court battles being fought between generations of the Singhania family and in a more professional setup such as

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23 May 2017

The Telegraph

Please take note Mrs May: there is nothing wrong with inherited wealth

The key mistake Theresa May and her inner circle made in their bungled social care reform – now in ragged retreat – was nothing to do with the attempt to ensure that citizens who can afford it are obliged to pay; as others have pointed out, this is a perfectly reasonable principle, underpinned by the quintessentially “conservative” […]

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7 Mar 2017

Smart Company

Future trends in family business succession planning

Let’s open up a discussion about family businesses — and what the future holds for them — by digging into the fundamental marriage between our personal and professional worlds. This will create the framework through which succession planning can be viewed realistically.

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The New York Times
3 Mar 2017

The New York Times

The Three Different Flavors of Family Businesses

Each family that runs its own business also has its own culture, say two psychologists who work with wealthy families. And understanding those cultures — which these psychologists break down into three groups — can make it easier to resolve intergenerational or cross-cultural conflicts that arise as the business matures and expands.

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Financial Times
10 Nov 2016

Financial Times

Founders’ Vision Keeps Engine Running

Lasting companies preserve core values while stimulating innovation Marconi, Warner-Lambert, BellSouth, Lehman Brothers, Cadbury, Rowntree, Mannesmann, Aventis — the rate at which familiar corporate names are disappearing or losing their independence has speeded up, driven by deregulation, competition from emerging markets and technological change. Business historian Leslie Hannah, a visiting professor at London School of […]

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The Economic Times
4 Nov 2016

The Economic Times

Cyrus Mistry’s ouster: One more mess for Ratan Tata to sort out before his second exit

It was early May 2016, and David Cameron was still the prime minister of the UK. The Brexit vote was a month away and Cexit (former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry’s exit from the top job at Tatas) wasn’t even dreamt of. A six-member team, set up by the government, was paying a visit to […]

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Citi Private Bank
22 Sep 2016

Citi Private Bank

Business Families Learning Together

John Maynard Keynes – the great British economist – believed that family companies followed a three-generational cycle. “A man of energy and imagination creates the business,” he wrote, “the son coasts along and grandson goes bankrupt.” Modern studies suggest Keynes may have had a point. According to one study, just 10% of family-owned businesses are […]

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Bloomberg Businessweek
1 Sep 2016

Bloomberg Businessweek

Explosives Saved an American Company From Chinese Competition

Bill Kirby wasn’t sure what to think at first. He’d been brought to the fourth floor of the New England Paper Tube plant in Pawtucket, R.I. It was a cold day in November 2014, and the only activity inside the block-size red-brick building was two men taking machines apart for scrap. “I knew that there […]

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NPR
29 Jul 2016

NPR

South Koreans Bristle At Growing Dominance Of Family-Run Conglomerates

A small number of family-run conglomerates dominate South Korea’s economy. The biggest started as a village store in 1938. It’s controlled by the same family, and is now a household name: Samsung. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Now let’s talk about the family business. Family-run businesses are responsible for well over half the economic activity in the […]

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The New York Times
13 Jul 2016

The New York Times

Lifting the Second-Generation Curse

Natalie Sexton jokes that her earliest memory is being rocked to sleep on the machinery bottling her mother’s line of all-natural juices. She was just an infant with Marygrace Sexon started Natalie’s Orchid Island Jice Company in 1990, naming it after her. “This is all I’ve Known,” Ms. Sexon said. Twenty-six years later, she is preparing to […]

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Tharawat Magazine
22 Feb 2016

Tharawat Magazine

KNOWLEDGE: Why Family Businesses Must Foster Non-Family Talent

Interview with Professor John Davis, Chair of Families in Business Program at Harvard Business School and Chairman of the Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise Professor John Davis at Harvard Business School, is one of the world’s greatest authorities on family businesses. Davis embarked on a successful career as an educator and advisor to business families […]

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Business Family
23 Oct 2015

Business Family

Q&A with John A. Davis

John A Davis, who has taught at Harvard for 20 years and owns a respected family business consultancy, is one of the best-known voices in the world of family business. We caught up with him and quizzed him about his latest thinking. BF: What do you think are the biggest issues facing family businesses? JD: […]

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Financial Times
23 Oct 2015

Financial Times

Succession Planning Ensures Smooth Transition Between Generations

Succession is easier if the process happens slowly With the exception of a few, such as the Rockefellers’, which dates from the 1930s, the majority of family offices have been founded in the past 20 years. In the UK, their popularity has increased over the past decade because of changes to the trust regime that […]

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Family Capital
3 Sep 2015

Family Capital

The 25 Best Business Schools for Family Businesses – and Their Star Professors

Competition to attract the sons and daughters of family business dynasties to their MBA and similar courses is as keen as ever among the global business schools. Here’s a list of the 25 best schools – and their star professors. Harvard Business School/Harvard University Arguably the world’s best known business school also has an excellent […]

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The New York Times
15 May 2015

The New York Times

Families Find the Principles That Keep the Business Going

Peter Gordon, a member of the family that owns Glenfiddich whisky, has a distinct memory of the workers lined up as he walked into the Scottish distillery the 1970s.  They were waiting for a dram of day-old whiskey-the equivalent of a double shot. If they didn’t drink it, they rubbed it into their hands, in the […]

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The Economist
18 Apr 2015

The Economist

Old-Fashioned Virtues: Patience, Distinctiveness, Thrift and Trust Still Count

Companies controlled by founding families remain surprisingly important and look set to stay so.  THE “Lucky Sperm Club”, as Warren Buffett likes to call it, is still going strong in the commanding heights of business. On opposite sides of the Atlantic, Ana Botín and Abigail Johnson have recently succeeded their fathers in filling two of […]

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glenfiddich single malt scotch whisky
25 Mar 2014

Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glenfiddich, world’s most awarded single malt, keeps it in the family with new global advertising campaign

8 October 2013, Dufftown: Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded single malt Scotch whisky, today announces the U.S. launch of its new global advertising campaign. The campaign will bring to life how remaining independent and family-owned for over 125 years

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Latin Trade
30 May 2013

Latin Trade

Dynasties’ Silent Revolution

Over the next decade, the largest fortunes in Latin America will be passed on to a younger generation. The transition will transform the way in which business is run in the region. Who will be the successors? And, how will the new leaders differ from their forefathers? “We’re in the middle of a big generational […]

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