The family business has a far reaching influence on ecomies throughout the world. No other type of business has driven ecomic development in the same way and today, in almost all countries, family businesses including such giants as Ford, Levi Strauss, L'Oreal and Ferrero are the source of more than half of the Gross National Product (GNP) and employment. As a result of their prominence the question of how they are governed, controlled and accounted for is crucial t only for the owning families, but also for the societies in which these companies operate. The Family Business considers: * How to define a family-controlled business and the significance of this form of privately-held enterprise. * Governance systems in the context of the family business. * How a board of outsiders can add value to the typical family business. * How to handle the classical tensions between family and board and between family and management on the other. * How to gain effective and efficient control at the highest level. The answer to these questions and others is given by providing a large number of examples of internationally active family businesses and from the authors teaching and research into this area. Sustainability is the key concern to the family business and this book breaks new ground in showing how they can successfully live on to the next generation.
FRED NEUBAUER is Professor of Multinational Corporate Strategy and Planning at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. As well as having taught in the area of management all over the world, he has been a consultant to multinational corporations, many of them leading family-controlled enterprises. His main area of research is corporate governance and corporate boards in privately-held and publicly traded corporations. He is co-author of The Corporate Board: Confronting the Paradoxes. ALDEN G. LANK is Stephen Schmidheiny Professor of Family Enterprises and Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. At the IMD he is in charge of the Family Business Area and Director of the Leading the Family Business educational program. He is also President and member of the Executive Board of the Family Business Network and has served as a Board member of the Family Firm Institute and editorial board of the Family Business Review.
Alden G. Lank, Fred Neubauer
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