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.
3 Apr 2019
U.S. Billionaires Are Living Longer, Making Heirs Wait
Concentrated wealth and extended lifespans have created a gold-plated family planning industry for the super rich.
2 Apr 2019
MIT Sloan Ideas Made to Matter
As the pace of change accelerates, how can family businesses succeed?
There are clear competitive advantages to running a family enterprise. Following this guidance can protect these businesses from the clear downsides.
28 Feb 2019
Making family business our business
New MIT Sloan Executive Education programs help family enterprises prepare for the future.
27 Feb 2019
MIT Sloan Ideas Made to Matter
What to watch when planning a family enterprise succession
When transitioning to the next generation, almost everything needs attention. Here are four practical ideas for a smooth and effective handoff.
25 Feb 2019
Help Families Future-Proof Their Businesses
Professor John Davis is one of the world’s leading authorities on family enterprises. How would he advise business families and their advisors to prepare for a world of ever-more-rapid technological change?
1 Feb 2019
Oregon State University
Port Blakely, Dean’s Award for Family Business Leadership
Since 2008 the Dean’s Award for Family Business Leadership has recognized significant family enterprises of the Pacific Northwest. The recipients represent successful businesses with deep family legacies and continuing commitment to their community.
3 Jan 2019
The World’s Top 750 Family Business
Why family businesses matter so much to the world economy. Ask anyone to identify a family business they might know, and most would probably name a small company in their neighbourhood or community.
1 Dec 2018
Families & Business
CEO Succession in the Family Business: A Better Plan for Success
Selecting a company’s next CEO is one of the most significant decisions in an organization’s life. In every company, it is critical to find the right fit; in a family-owned business, the fit factor is even more consequential. The success and sustainability of the family’s main asset and source of income, and a significant piece […]
6 Jun 2018
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Three-Circle Model: An interview with John Davis
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legendary Three-Circle Model, FFI Practitioner is excited to share two editions about the model during the month of June. For the first edition, we’d like to thank Pramodita Sharma for her interview about the inception and impact of the model on the field with one of its two creators, John […]
29 Dec 2017
The New York Times
Keeping the Family Tree Alive
What keeps venerable old families together? They are, after all, only as strong as the roots that bind them. Most of us know our relatives back to our grandparents. Counting our own children, we might have to contend with four generations.
9 Nov 2017
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)
20 Oct 2017
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 […]
30 Aug 2017
Wealth managers focus on keeping it in the family
Are you heirs prepared for the responsibility of inheriting money? Prompted by a growing demand for intergenerational planning among clients, wealth managers are moving away from offering purely financial advice to a more holistic and emotional approach to their work.
30 Aug 2017
The Impact of Adolescent Work in the Family Business on Child-Parent Relationships and Psychological Well-Being
Parents who are owners of family companies are generally intensely interested in their children’s development both as healthy, aspiring individuals and as future owners and maybe leaders of the family’s company.
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
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.
7 Mar 2017
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.
24 May 2017
Viewpoint: Millennials in business families…future leaders of family enterprises?
The millennial generation is, arguably, the most researched generation in history. Hundreds of survey-based studies on millennials from all around the world have inquired about their attitudes and behaviors regarding their lifestyles, relationships and careers.
23 May 2017
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” […]
10 Nov 2016
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 […]
Professor John Davis is available for media interviews for a variety of family enterprise, family wealth, and leadership topics and stories. He is interviewed in print, radio, and television media. Reporters and producers are invited to contact [email protected] with requests for interviews.
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