【Esperanza’s EdTech Summit! 】
04 Oct 2023
Without surprise, #Edtech projects had become one of the most looked-into projects for #familyoffices. In light of this, we would like to invite family offices to take part in Esperanza's EdTech Mo...
29 Sep 2023
Family Business Story- Zhongshanshan: China's richest man, Zhong Shanshan, was born in 1954 and is the founder of Nongfu Spring. When he was young, Zhong worked as a journalist for five years and ...
What We Do
Our Centre has been a member of the Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project since 2007. We are also a founding member of STEP's Asia Pacific Chapter. Thanks to the dedicated support of the following family businesses, we have created a unique series of case studies and publications advancing understanding of Chinese family businesses.
Courses and workshops
The Centre provides an array of educational programs for business families and their advisors.
Family business affiliates
Research and published articles
Support for research
Family Influence and Environmental Proactiveness of Family Firms in China: A Mixed Gamble Perspective
Built upon the mixed gamble perspective, we used a recent survey on Chinese family firms (FFs) and found that increased family influence lowers Chinese FF environmental proactiveness, as they show a peculiar tendency to take a financial view rathe...
Who can facilitate innovation in family firms? Evidence across institutional contexts
Beyond Charity: Family Foundations Perpetuating Longevity of Family Businesses
Family foundations are prevalent, but seldom have researchers examined its function and influence as an ownership vehicle for family businesses. This paper advances an institutionalized reference-point theory to explain family foundation’s role on...
Family Business Case Studies Across the World: Succession and Governance in a Disruptive Era
This chapter introduces the STEP Project Global Consortium Casebook and its various benefits, for students, family firm owners, managers, and consultants. Particularly, it emphasises on the need for family firms to learn from the challenges and di...
DC International: riding out of disruption as a third-generation successor
Ronald Chan was the third-generation heir apparent of a 70-year-old industry leader in Hong Kong. He joined the family-owned cycling business at its toughest time, and witnessed its sales tumble of nearly 50% due to different global crises. Before...
Conclusion: The lessons learned
The collective journey initiated with STEP Project affiliates, collaborators, and business families a few years ago helps us reflect on how business families react to disruptions and how they develop resilient models to survive across generations....
Family business case learning: How to maximize learnings from this STEP Project Global Casebook
This chapter proposes a way of analyzing and learning from family business cases, from the perspectives of families, advisors, and scholars. It shares how to "fish" knowledge that will maximize learnings from well-crafted cases, what the case lear...
I highly appreciate the work done by the Center for Family Business of CUHK. The Center provides a good platform for family business members to exchange different views and experiences......
.....With the help of Prof. Kevin Au, I am able to participate as a Family Entrepreneur-in-Residence in CUHK. I learnt from the seminars provided by STEP and acquired excellent solutions to some unsolved problems in our family business practice......