Join Alphazirkel International in Berlin

berlin3Join us on November 7, 2014 in Berlin for an interesting discussion on between CEOs and Family Entrepreneurs from around the globe

„Management – Strategy – Ownership“

at 7 p.m., Pauly-Saal Berlin.

Our panel includes

Caroline Schwarz, CEO Ehinger-Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG, Ulm, Germany
Catherine von Fürstenberg-Dussmann, Dussmann Stiftung & Co. KG, Berlin, Germany
Raphaël Debbané, CEO Debbané Saikali Group Holding, Beirut, Lebanon
Mazen Tantash, CEO Tantash Group, Jordan (requested)

and will be moderated by Andreas E. Mach.

Other panel guests to be named

On the topic:
Ownership is about getting things done, no matter what. Leadership is the ability to inspire, motivate and direct others. But ownership and leadership have many other aspects and the personality of „owners“ and „managers“ is quite different.
In recent studies among CEOs and Family Entrepreneurs, the management ratings these two groups have given each other are not favourable:
While company owners tend to complain about the CEO’s lack of responsibility and understanding for the family matters of family entrepreneurs and their perspective on the business, employed top management has been complaining about the governance and management qualification of owners.
Research suggests that “ownership” and “leadership” are often used interchangeably despite them playing very different roles. In public companies the ownership aspect leads to very different organizations. While in privately held companies some choose to create similar company structures, others choose to be distinctly different. Some are praised by the employers for the identification, the motivation, the reliability and the long-term approach. Others praise the public company structure for their clear hierarchies, decision-making procedures and transparency.
In gathering a panel of international leaders and owners we wish to ask three main questions:
What can owners and managers learn from each other?
What can family enterprises and non-family companies learn from each other in an international context?
How can managers adapt their governance to a fruitful cooperation with owners and how should owners react to the management’s expectations?

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