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SBA professor studies family businesses in Cairo
To further his research in family business, an American University of Sharjah (AUS) travel grant was awarded to Dr. Rodrigo Basco, Associate Professor of Management and Sheikh Saoud Bin Khalid Bin Khalid Al Qassimi Chair in Family Business in the School of Business Administration (SBA), to work on the project “Students’ Entrepreneurial Spirit and Succession Intention in Family Business” in Cairo. The American University of Cairo (AUC) School of Business welcomed Dr. Basco as a visiting professor in December.
During his time in Cairo, Dr. Basco conducted eight interviews for his research and presented his research to undergraduate students at AUC on the topic of Family Business in the Arab World in a presentation entitled “Family Firm and Talent Management—Why Do They Fail?”
As part of a fourth-generation family-owned Argentinean firm, Dr. Basco’s major research focuses on the field of entrepreneurship, management and regional development with special interest in family firms.
During an interview at AUC, Dr. Basco discussed family businesses and said:
“Families have economic, social and emotional investments in the company they own, altering the reference point for decision making. As a result, family firms are different and cannot be understood or advised in the same way as non-family firms. This is the reason universities around the world are incorporating more and more courses related to family business in their programs.”
Dr. Basco’s complete interview at AUC can be accessed at: http://schools.aucegypt.edu/business/newsroom/Pages/story.aspx?eid=403
The Sheikh Saoud Bin Khalid Bin Khalid Al Qassimi Chair in Family Business was established to honor Sheikh Saoud Khalid Al Qassimi's legacy. He was a Sharjah businessman who founded a family business back in the 1970s that is now in its third generation. The Chair, which is the first of its kind in the country, aims to become a recognized family business knowledge hub in the regional, national and international context.