Open Lecture by Prof. Henry Alexander Henrysson: Suitability Assessment in a Society of Distrust
"In a recent paper presented at a conference on trust and expertise, I tried to answer questions on the role of the moral philosopher in a public life. The motive was my recent experience as an ethical advisor in a public advisory committee for the Financial Supervisory Authority in Iceland. The purpose of this committee is to advice in suitability assessment for potential members of a board of directors in regulated financial entities," reveals Henry Alexander Henrysson.
The economic crash of 2008 and its aftermath have had profound impact on the Icelandic society resulting in unprecedented levels of distrust within the society. Badly governed banks, insurance companies and pension funds were not tolerated by the public, and the focus shifted rather rapidly towards the suitability of the management and key function holders in these institutions.
Open Workshop by Dr. Börje Boers: 100 years and older. A study of German long lived family firms
Speaker: Dr. Börje Boers, University of Skövde, Sweden
Family firms are different because the family dimension adds complexity. It can contribute to competitive advantages, which cannot be copied and are not available to nonfamily firms. Many family firms are long-lived because the owning family has the goal to keep the business within the family and pass it on to the next generation. The study builds on cases of long-lived German family firms. It addresses similarities and differences and aims to contribute to a better understanding of the phenomenon of longevity of family firms.