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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 under the leadership of the Founding Academic Director, Professor Emeritus Annie Koh.

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.


MiRXES co-founders, CIO named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 Singapore

23 Nov 2021

Goldbell Group was named the winner of the EY Family Business Award of Excellence, having been selected by knowledge partners Business Families Institute @ SMU and the Wendel International Centre for…

From generation to generation: How family businesses adapt to changing environments

19 Nov 2021

SMU Professor Emeritus of Finance (Practice) and Senior Academic Advisor of the SMU Business Families Institute Annie Koh explained how constant evolution rooted on entrepreneurship helps family…

SMU faculty and DBA student win Best Paper at the Asia-Pacific Family Business Symposium 2021

13 Oct 2021

Organised by the University of Western Australia, this fourth instalment of the Asia-Pacific Family Business Symposium addressed what have been and what can be the innovations for family businesses…