International Conference «Family Business: Responsibility across Generations» [Lviv]

In Ukraine, 80% of small businesses are family businesses. As world experience shows, these companies are successful, strong and reliable for partnerships. What is the long-term perspective for family businesses? What is better: management from the outside or from the circle of relatives? What are the main challenges for family corporate governance and what is the responsibility of such a business across the generations and for society? On May 31 to June 1 UCU Lviv Business School and Family Business Center of LvBS invite you to the «Family Business: Responsibility across  Generations» International Conference in Lviv.

Participants of the conference will attend lectures and hold discussions with experts from France (EDHEC Family Business Center), Switzerland, Germany (Mittelstand enterprises), Italy and other countries that have been working with successful European and American family companies for many years.

At the «Family Business: Responsibility across Generations» conference we will talk  with international and Ukrainian experts about the responsibilities of family companies  for themselves – family constitutions,  a shareholder  agreements, plans for transferring business  to successors, and other policies and procedures. An important aspect of discussions will also be the responsibility of family businesses for society – responsible consumption, charity, social responsibility.

At the time when traditions of competent family business are just emerging in Ukraine, family companies with a significant market share (55 to 90%) in the US and Europe have already been exploring the practice of management and succession by generations. One of the key characteristics of a family business is its focus on long-term results. CEO in Western public companies remains on his position on average for about 6 years, and in family companies, this figure is 20 years or more. Thus, such companies have an opportunity for sustainable development and long-term advantage. The family business is working visually and farsightedly, keeping in mind the generations of successors, and, consequently, has more responsible strategies – both for themselves and for society

 Conference program:

May 31, Friday

18:00 – 20:00 Discussion-Opening  «The responsibility of family businesses across generations and for the society»
▫ Riana Labaki (France, EDHEC Business School)
Alina Kacharovska (UA – business)
▫ Susane Lebrument (Switzerland – business)
▫ moderator: Roksoliana Voronovska (LvBS)

June 1, Saturday

10:00 – 10:45 Registration and morning coffee

10:45 – 11:00 Welcome speech  
11:15 – 11:30 Mittelstand business model of Family business
▫ Niclas Rufer (GIZ)
▫ Fabian Bernhard (France, EDHEC Business School)
11:30 – 12:10 Family firms in the long run: the interplay between emotions and history
Riana Labaki (France, EDHEC Business School)
12:10 – 12:50 External management or members of the family: which kind of management really works best for family companies?
Heinrich Christen (Switzerland, expert )
12:50 – 13:10 questions and answers session
13:10 – 14:00 lunch
14:00 – 14:40 Succession in family firms
Dr. Jan-Philipp Ahrens (Germany, Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship Mannheim)
14:40 – 15:20 Corporate Social Responsibility in Family companies
Dr. Tänzler (Germany, Hamburg Centre for Family Business)
15:20 – 15:40 questions and answers session
15:40 – 16:00 coffee
16:00 – 17:00 panel discussion: Family corporate governance issues in Family companies
▫ Heinrich Christen (Switzerland, expert )
▫ Dr. Tänzler (Germany, Hamburg Centre for Family Business)
▫ Susane Lebrument (Switzerland – business)
▫ Luigi Troiani (Italy, expert)
Oleg Baran (UA – business)
moderator: Mykhailo Vynnytsky (LvBS)

The international conference «Family Business: Responsibility across Generations» takes place with the assistance of the German Government within the framework of the project «Improvement of the Framework for Trade in Ukraine», which is implemented by the German federal company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Thanks to this support, participation in the event is free (registration is obligatory), but we encourage the donation of UAH 1,000 for the development of the Ukrainian Catholic University (details will be sent after registration).