The Owners Forum Digital Session

Peer Dialogue Session
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The Role of Owners during Crisis

Family owned enterprises have very likely experienced many types of minor or major crises over the generations. What are the characteristics and dynamics of a family in crisis mode? What are the owner’s particular leadership roles during challenging times – in terms of psychological resilience, not just operational? Are there wisdoms and analogous tools from family elders’ past experiences to be called upon by younger generations? How do the benefits of being family-owned shine through in crises, such as decisiveness, speed and long-term thinking?

Date / 16 July 2020, 15:00 – 15:45 hrs
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Curriculum Vitae / Dr. Kelin E. Gersick
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Curriculum Vitae / Prof. Dr. Ivan Lansberg
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Best of The Owners Forum with Franz Haniel
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East and West Discuss Dynasty –
Should Blood Decide Who Runs the Business?

Succession planning is the most critical success factor for family businesses which think dynastically. Good leadership selection is based on fact, not emotion. What happens in an emergency – are we family managed, controlled, owned? What are the processes and criteria for the next CEO? Franz M. Haniel discusses with the audience principles, commonalities and differences between the East and West.

Date / 22 July 2020, 14:00 – 14:45 hrs
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Curriculum Vitae / Franz Haniel
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Best of The Owners Forum with Hans Michael Jebsen
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China’s Capacity for Transformation

With one of the oldest, richest and geographically most expansive cultures in the world, it is no surprise that China has undergone globally influential transformations over time – technological, political, economic. It is difficult to know where to begin with past surveys and future projections of China’s knack for transformation that have bearing on international enterprises. Are there keys to understanding modern geo-political China in waves of past reforms? What are current indicators of China’s future trajectory?

Date / 28 July 2020, 14:00 – 14:45 hrs
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Company Profile / Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise
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In Conversation with J. Heinrich Jessen
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Navigating the crisis – South East Asian Perspectives

J. Heinrich Jessen is Chairman of the Jebsen & Jessen Group, a diversified manufacturing, engineering and distribution group headquartered in Singapore and operating throughout South East Asia. The group, which is part of the wider Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise, employs 3,000 people working in 30 locations across Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Through this network of operational entities spanning a wide variety of industrial activities across South East Asia, Jessen has acquired insight into the diverse effects of the current crisis on South East Asian businesses.

Date / 6 August 2020, 14:00 – 14:45 hrs
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Company Profile / Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise
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