FBCG’s research objective is to generate cutting-edge insights and enable effective decision-making on GCC family business issues.

FBCG collects and draws on a body of quantitative and qualitative data to identify issues specific to the region, and to source best practice solutions, both from within and outside the region. The Council collaborates with leading researchers, practitioners and academics across the globe. Research topics covered include: family strategy, governance, ownership, and succession planning.

FBCG Members are given exclusive access to regional and international research through the FBCG website as well as the FBN Xchange platform, an on-line resource library of case studies, articles, and presentations to help deepen your knowledge on family business issues.


GCC Family Business Research – Joint Study with McKinsey & Co.:

FBCG recently launched a first of its kind study in the GCC, in collaboration with McKinsey & Co., on understanding the family business dynamics in the GCC, the key challenges, concerns and common trends among family business groups. These findings also serve as indicators on key areas of research for FBCG to study and analyse. To view further regional research completed by the council visit the Resource section.



IMD Family Business Center:

IMD is the Preferred Partner of FBN International. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, IMD offers the longest-running family-business program in the world: Leading the Family Business (LFB). The LFB program is exclusive for all family members running the business as well as senior non-family executives and board members. This program provides an opportunity to understand family business challenges and how to manage and review critical issues facing family businesses from growth, governance, succession and culture. It also benchmarks best practices to improve the understanding of what makes family businesses successful.


IMD Case Study Collaboration:

In an effort in developing educational content to encourage transferable learning across businesses, FBCG invited IMD Family Business Centre to develop family case studies from the region showcasing the unique dynamics for family businesses in the GCC. In 2014, IMD developed their draft of the first GCC family case from Saudi Arabia.

To read FBCG’s articles, visit our Research Page