The Business Tycoon, Robert Aston: The Rise and Fall of a Family Empire

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Josiane Fahed-Sreih

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    Dr. Josiane Fahed-Sreih is a full time Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at the Lebanese American University. She is the founder, and currently the Director, of the Institute of Family and Entrepreneurial Business at the Lebanese American University. She is currently the Chairperson of the departments of Hospitality Management and Marketing at the Lebanese American University. She served as an Associate Chair to the department of Management. She holds a PhD from the Sorbonne University and is a fellow member of the Family Firm Institute, USA. She holds the responsibility of the Middle East Coordinator for the Family Firm Institute, USA.

    She is a Family Wealth and a Family Business Consultant. She is the winner of the 2007 International Award on Family Business from the Family Firm Institute in the United States, in recognition of outstanding achievement in furthering the understanding of family business issues that occur between two or more countries. She has participated in and organized international conferences, workshops, and seminars. She has presented in major conferences locally and internationally and consulted on management issues in many countries, and specially the Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, Qatar, Bahrain, Cyprus, France, and Lebanon. As a consultant, Dr. Fahed-Sreih has worked with a number of family businesses on issues including generational transitions, developing business and family governance plans and structures; finding and articulating family missions and values, facilitating decision making and conflict resolution; setting managerial development, family compensation and employment policies, family dividends policies, family meetings and family retreats, and many more. She currently sits on five boards of directors as a shareholder, one as a Chairman of the board and one as an independent advisor in the private sector; she is also involved as an advisor on boards of community service organizations.

    She speaks regularly to trade and professional groups, and presents her research at academic conferences worldwide. Her research interests are in Management, Family Business Management, Boards of Directors functioning, and Corporate Governance. She published her book on “Facts and Figures concerning Family Business in Lebanon” in the United States in 2004 and has contributed to many compendiums on Family Business Management in the Middle East in articles, chapters in books, book reviews, and academic articles in internationally refereed journals.

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