Family Business on the Couch: A Psychological Perspective / Edition 1

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“Effectively peels back the surface of family businesses to explore the impact of individual personality and interpersonal relationships – powerful but easily ignored factors in the world of private enterprise.”

—Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chief Executive Officer, BW Shipping

“Groundbreaking and holistic view that gives a family business soul while explaining irrationalities in a rational way.”

Mr Chavalit Tsao, Chairman IMC Group, Singapore

“Family business is a topic of considerable importance to my firm because we are a family business as are many of our most important clients. The book’s focus on both individual and family psychology offers new insights into the positive and negative influences that family relationships bring to the supposedly rational business world.”

—Raymond J. Baer, Chairman of the Board, Julius Baer Holding Ltd

“Fascinating read. I believe very strongly in the statement that ‘too many people take a rational actor approach’ when it comes to family controlled businesses (FCB). There are limits to logical decision making and we need to explore those. FCB are therefore essentially more human than publicly owned companies and it is only appropriate that we should apply psychological theories of human mental phenomena and behaviour, to understand them better.”

André Hoffmann, Non Executive Vice Chairman - Board of Directors, Roche Group Ltd

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470516713
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/20/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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  • Posted December 18, 2008

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    A perceptive psychological analysis of family businesses

    James Michener begins his novel ¿Hawaii¿ with the splitting of a cell. This trio of psychologists doesn¿t go that far, but the authors do lay an extensive framework for applying psychoanalytic psychology, systems analysis and family therapy to the family business arena. getAbstract thinks that this serious text may be more of a resource for therapists, counselors and consultants than reading material for people who take only a casual interest in family businesses or who are looking for a quick fix. Authors Manfred Kets de Vries and Randel Carlock, writing with Elizabeth Florent-Treacy, delve deeply into the human dynamics that affect family-run companies, including the psychology of the individuals involved, the characteristics of entrepreneurs and the business family-paradigm. They look closely at human and organizational life cycles, and study how emotional volatility intensifies in times of transition. The authors make generous use of case studies, diagrams and models, and demonstrate how they¿ve applied their methodology to advise troubled family businesses.

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