Family Enterprises

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Symposium Unternehmensgeschichte

Business history symposium

In 2017, the “business history symposium” was held for the first time. The symposium is mainly directed at members of family enterprises and entrepreneur families, but also invites scholars who research family enterprises. The symposium is a joint event of the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU) and the GUG.
„If you want to know something, ask someone with experience, and not a scholar”, a Chinese proverb says. This event provides not only lectures on various topics, but also a professionally managed platform that gives participants the opportunity for mutual, confidential exchange. So, participants can gain insights into other family enterprises’ problems and the strategies for their solution.


On 30 March 2017, the business history symposium
on the topic „Long-lived family business despite conflicts in the entrepreneur family?!” took place at the premises of Messer Group GmbH in Bad Soden am Taunus.
The second business history sympoisum will be held on 8 November 2018 on the topic “Women in family business”.

Study group family enterprises

The GUG maintains a special study group familiy enterprises
since 2005. Here, entrepreneurs, archivists, and historians meet for an intensive exchange about the history of family enterprises.

Studies, archive, and more…

In the field of family business in particular, the GUG is an experienced partner for archives and business histories
. The GUG realized publications on the occasion of anniversaries, and created studies answering specific questions.
Gerade auch im Bereich von Familienunternehmen hat die GUG vielfältige Erfahrungen im Bereich von Archiv und business histories
gesammelt. Die GUG hat dabei Publikationen anlässlich eines Jubiläums umgesetzt ebenso wie spezifische Fragen aufgearbeitet.