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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.


Doing business with loving-kindness

14 Jan 2020

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 they approach issues of…

Breaking the 3rd-generation curse

27 Oct 2019

On 21 October, the ASEAN Business Advisory Council, in partnership with Go Negosyo and SMU, held the first ASEAN Family Business Conference at Makati City with the theme “ASEAN Family Businesses of…

Family businesses

09 Oct 2019

In a special CNA938 series produced in association with SMU, SMU Academic Director of Business Families Institute Professor of Finance (Practice) Annie Koh, discussed among other things, about the…