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Think Generations. Think Growth. Think Giving. Think Global.

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Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices

STEP project for family enterprising

Since 2010, the Singapore Management University (SMU) had recognised the emergence of Asian business families and discerned that they require specifically contextualised thought leadership and applied knowledge. In response to the growing needs of business families in Asia, SMU established the Business Families Institute (BFI) in August 2012.

BFI@SMU collaborates with various partners, academic or practice, to be a leader in Asian business family-related knowledge. The Institute also encourages business families to Think Generations, Think Growth, Think Giving and Think Global. In doing so, BFI@SMU addresses business family-specific issues such as succession, family governance, entrepreneurship and wealth management. The mission of BFI@SMU is to enable business family members to be engaged and responsible stewards of their families, businesses and communities, through education, research and ecosystem support.


Looking out for the environment

06 Oct 2020

Looking out for the environment SMU’s Business Families Institute (BFI) was established in response to the growing needs of business families in Asia. This column profiles business families and how…

Digital transformation courses for Singapore SMEs for post-pandemic recovery

05 Oct 2020

In a live interview, SMU Vice President of Business Development, V3 Group Professor of Family Entrepreneurship and Professor of Finance (Practice) Annie Koh, shared how “The Great Reset” program is…

SMU, Beyond Lab launch digital transformation programme for SME business leaders

16 Sep 2020

SMU's Business Families Institute (BFI@SMU) and Beyond Lab on Tuesday launched a complimentary programme to help senior business leaders of local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) digitally…