A partnership to boost academic research into organisations, strategy and governance at family businesses has been formed by Dutch co-operative bank Rabobank, global top-five accounting firm BDO and the Erasmus Centre for Family Business (ECFB) based at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).
Erasmus Centre for Family Business
The mission of the Erasmus Centre for Family Business is to contribute to the development and long-term viability of family businesses around the world through the provision of research on family business, development of family business leaders, and outreach activities.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte awarded Westland Kaas with the 'Family Business of the Year 2014' award during the Family Business Award 2014 in The Hague.
Every year Elsevier magazine makes a list of the largest Dutch family businesses according to revenue. The feature also quotes Pursey Heugens and mentions research by Vanessa Strike both of the Erasmus Centre for Family Business.
More than 140 people from family-run businesses of all sizes in the Netherlands attended a symposium bringing together and stimulating interaction between family businesses and researchers. The event ‘Navigating Family Businesses at the Crossroads’ was hosted by RSM’s Erasmus Centre for Family Business (ECFB), and supported by FBNed.