Developing Family Business Policies: Your Guide to the Future

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Developing policies to guide decision making can help the family business avoid serious problems.  When everyone in the family understands the basis for decision making there is very little room for feeling slighted— yet few businesses take the time to work together to develp their policies.  The authors provide a step-by-step process for engaing family members in developing policies which cover issues such as:  dealing with conflicts of interest; retirement timing; distribution of profits; loan ...

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Overview

Developing policies to guide decision making can help the family business avoid serious problems.  When everyone in the family understands the basis for decision making there is very little room for feeling slighted— yet few businesses take the time to work together to develp their policies.  The authors provide a step-by-step process for engaing family members in developing policies which cover issues such as:  dealing with conflicts of interest; retirement timing; distribution of profits; loan programs; compensation and succession.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Developing Family Business Policies: Your Guide to the Future is a must-read for any business owning family that is trying to sort through the challenges of family business continuity.  It gave us information that helped us select and construct policies that fit our specific family business needs."  —Arthur R. Velasquez, President & CEO, Azteca Foods, Inc., Chicago, IL

"We are a family business that has grown and is maturing by learning and putting to use the principles in Family Business Policies: Your Guide to the Future."  —Jack and Dolores Cakebread, Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley/Rutherford, CA

"Family Business Policies: Your Guide to the Future gives families a clear road map for creating business policies.  It raises all the right questions.  I will recommend it to our family and professional advisory clients alike."  —Judy Rudnick, Family Office Exchange, Oak Park, IL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230111097
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Series: A Family Business Publication
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 808,075
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig E. Aronoff is Co-founder, Principal Consultant, and Chairman of the Board of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., the founder of the Cox Family Enterprise Center and current Professor Emeritus at Kennesaw State University. He invented and implemented the membership-based, professional-service-provider sponsored Family Business Forum, which has served as a model of family business education for universities world-wide.

Joseph H. Astrachan is Wachovia Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business, Executive Director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center, and one of the founders of the Executive MBA for Families in Business at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University.  He is editor of the scientific jourbanal, the Jourbanal of Family Business Strategy, and immediate past editor of Family Business Review.

John L. Ward is Co-founder of the Family Business Consulting Group Inc. He is Clinical Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and teaches strategic management, business leadership and family enterprise continuity.

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction: A Wonderful Gift
• II. What Policy Making Can Do for Your Family and Your Business
• III. How to Develop Your Policies
• IV. What Policies Do You Need? and When?
• V. Shareholder Agreements
• VI. Other Policies to Consider
• VII. One Policy, Two Ways
• VIII. A Word About Implementation
• IX. Summary
• APPENDICES - Appendix A: Family Business Policies to Consider - Appendix B: Sample Conflict-of-Interest and Self-Dealing Policy - Appendix C: Sample Philanthropy Policy
• Index

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