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.

 

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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Family Capital
24 Aug 2016

Family Capital

Viewpoint: Succession with Chinese Characteristics

Perhaps the most challenging issue for China’s private businesses in the years ahead is how they deal with succession. Given the country’s brief 30 year experience with a market economy, China’s family businesses have yet to fully embrace succession. That, of course, is changing – as the founder generation begins to transition to the second […]

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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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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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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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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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Business Today
19 Jun 2015

Business Today

Why Indian Family Businesses are Seeking Mentors from Outside

“I have a bright CEO but he is spoiling my organisational culture. What should I do?” “My father is very dominating and tends to blindly rely on some executives. How do I make him see my point of view?” “How should I approach negotiations?” “How do I manage independent directors?” “Should I go to Davos […]

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Thomson Reuters
5 Jun 2015

Thomson Reuters

Waltons cement grip on Wal-Mart with new chairman

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) named the son-in-law of chairman Rob Walton as his successor on Friday, cementing the founding family’s influence over the retailer as shareholders defeated a measure calling for an independent director to lead the board. Some investors, including large pension funds, had been pushing for a chairman without ties to the Waltons, Wal-Mart’s […]

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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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The New York Times
25 Mar 2014

New York Times Magazine

What Comes After Rich Baby Boomers? Kids With a Big Inheritance

The Waltons might be the closest thing we have to the Carnegies or Rockefellers today. The heirs to the Walmart fortune occupy six slots on the most recent Forbes 400 list, and just those six Waltons — not counting their lucky progeny — are worth $145 billion.

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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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7 Mar 2013

Wall Street Journal

Lost Inheritance

Studies show Americans blow through family fortunes at a remarkable rate. With trillions being passed on, can today’s baby boomers break the cycle? If things had gone differently, Rogerson could have been enjoying his share of one of the greatest wealth transfers in U.S. history. According to the Boston College Center for Retirement Research, two-thirds […]

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Terra
23 Feb 2013

Terra

10 Questions to Ask Before Family and Friends Become Business Partners

Bringing a family member or friend on board as a business partner may seem like a fine idea, but the relationship can prove tricky to navigate–or to end, if things don’t go well. “It’s easy to get into business, but it’s hard to get out,” says Wayne Rivers, president of the Family Business Institute, a […]

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