Global Family Business published books

Maximizing Economic and Emotional Success

by Alexander Koeberle-Schmid, Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez & Ernesto J. Poza

Governance in Family Enterprises provides a highly comprehensive and global look at family business governance, incorporating financial, emotional, cultural, and family aspects, to achieve overall success. Featuring extensive interviews with renowned family enterprise owners and incorporating advice from family businesses all over the world, this expert book provides a range of practical ideas, tools, and frameworks to put in place, and actionable solutions to a number of difficult challenges. The book celebrates family businesses and helps them to achieve their full potential through successful governance strategies.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

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Letters from Family Business Owners to Their Successors

by IMD Professor Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez et al.

A collection of personal family letters written from great entrepreneurs to their family members about business, success and life. In Sharing Wisdom, Building Values we learn directly through their own words. Fritz Henkel; Samuel C. Johnson and Robert Pasin are some of the founders included who offer advice and insights on topics such as sibling rivalry, succession, working through difficult times and social responsibility. These letters serve as a window to the past and can help families build upon the future.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

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The Crucial Roles of Women in Family Business

by IMD Professor Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez et al.

The authors explore the changing role women play in today's family business - from the head of the firm to the quiet yet powerful role of "influencer without authority" women are increasingly active in all parts of today's business. This book looks at how to encourage and support women family members, to the the challenges women face in finding the right balance between work and life, to the role spouses play in couples that work together. Filled with stories and interviews from women working in a family firm - this book provides insights and revelations that will help businesses thrive in an era of change.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

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Key Issues

by IMD Professor Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez and John Ward

The family business has been the most prevalent and pervasive form of business in many countries and raises particular questions concerning succession and governance and in particular the relationships between management, board members and family members. This book is a collection of articles by leading thinkers and practitioners on the family business which covers such issues as assuring a healthy family business, family strategy, governance and succession.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

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Counterintuitive Insights for Family Business Success

edited by John Ward; contributions by IMD Professors Dan Denison, George Kohlrieser, Joachim Schwass, Ulrich Steger et al.

Family businesses prosper by pursuing unconventional strategies. Because they are values-driven and think very long-term, they take approaches not popular with current management fashion or most companies. That is the key to their competitive advantage. However, family businesses must find ways to simultaneously serve business needs and family goals, which require very different priorities and principles. As a result, they must think paradoxically, and find insights that single-purpose enterprises need not contemplate. They must dare to be different. Family business requires a different governance system, but it must nevertheless be one that can be controlled. Building on insights from the worlda's premier family business executive education course, this book offers the Unconventional Wisdom needed to leverage the strategic and cultural uniqueness of a family business for enduring success.

J. Wiley and Sons, 2005

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Family Identity Steering Brand Success

by IMD Professor Joachim Schwass and Anne-Catrin Glemser

Wise Family Business aims to help families in business to identify new and better ways of achieving longevity, sustainability and performance. The book presents ground-breaking new insights and practical examples from a range of growing family businesses in which the owning families are visible and, in most cases, have branded the business with their family name. This comprehensive and important study explores how family identity has the power to tie together families in business and leverage their values when developing and sharing the owner’s vision with their stakeholder communities. Developing a family business identity is key when building and managing an authentic, recognizable and trusted brand. It argues that family businesses that have successfully translated strong identities into strong brands are not only perceived as attractive employers but also add meaningful value to the business over generations.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

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Creating It, Managing It, Preserving It

by IMD Professor Joachim Schwass et al.

Creating wealth is difficult. So is managing wealth effectively. Losing wealth is the easiest part. It takes an enlightened approach to understand the future issues and to prepare and plan for the benefit of the next generations. Wise Wealth provides the reader with broad and deep insights into relevant aspects of private wealth and, most importantly, its continuity. It uses pragmatic frameworks and proven concepts from advanced family business research and contains significant new work on the growing field of family offices. The four authors combine their personal, academic and professional experiences to enable the reader to learn from the most common mistakes and from the most successful entrepreneurs, family businesses and family offices. This book will be of interest to entrepreneurs and family businesses as well as to a wider audience of individuals with private wealth and the large number of service providers that act on their behalf such as bankers, lawyers, consultants and educators.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

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by IMD Professor Joachim Schwass

Family businesses are the most complex form of business organization. The linkage of often emotionally driven family ownership with rational business needs creates a fertile ground for conflicts on multiple levels. Particularly at times of generational shifts, uncertainties about the interest and the leadership competence of next generation family members make the business vulnerable. How have the best multi-generational and successful family businesses handled these difficult challenges again and again over generations? Are there lessons to be learned for all family businesses? This book is based on a nine year research study of a unique group of family businesses throughout the world. They are award- winning family businesses ranging from the third to the seventh generation who have successfully mastered the complexities and contradictions each family business faces. They have achieved this through an in-depth understanding of the real needs of family, ownership, business and the individual, and by searching for a strategy that most effectively addresses these needs both sequentially and simultaneously. This book provides new, practical and relevant guidelines for all family businesses.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

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Reinventing Value Creation

by IMD Professor Benoît Leleux, Hans van Swaay and Esmeralda Megally

Private Equity 4.0 provides an insider perspective on the private equity industry, and analyzes the fundamental evolution of the private equity asset class over the past 30 years, from alternative to mainstream. The book provides insightful interviews of key industry figures, and case studies of some of the success stories in the industry. It also answers key questions related to strategy, fund manager selection, incentive mechanisms, performance comparison, red flags in prospectuses, and more. Private Equity 4.0 offers guidance for the many stakeholders that could benefit from a more complete understanding of this special area of finance.

J. Wiley and Sons, 2015

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An International Case Perspective

by IMD Professors Ralf Seifert and Benoît Leleux with Christopher Tucci

This book includes over 30 real-life, up-to-date, award-winning case studies in scientific fields such as biotechnology, biomedicine, high-tech engineering and information technology. The case studies are arranged in modules that track the typical life cycle of creating and growing a new venture, which presents a comprehensive picture of entrepreneurial activities. The text is written in a language and style that managers will appreciate.Springer, 2008

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The Business Case for Private Capital Investments

edited by IMD Professor Benoît Leleux and Dinos Constantinou

Based on the proceedings of one of the most talked about events of the Year of Microfinance, this book makes a compelling business case for private capital investments in microfinance in developing countries. Using a lifecycle perspective, it highlights the needs for capital in microfinance, the emerging successful models for microfinance institutions, and investigates the issues that need to be addressed from the investor's perspective to obtain a larger mobilization of private capital. Combining real case studies of leading for-profit microfinance institutions and discussions with influential investors and money managers, this book provides the first integrated business case for a re-energized industry.

Palgrave, 2007

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