Family Wars: The Real Stories behind the Most Famous Family Business Feuds

Family Wars: The Real Stories behind the Most Famous Family Business Feuds

by Grant Gordon, Nigel Nicholson
     
 

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Many of the world's greatest businesses are family owned, and with this comes the threat of family feuding, sibling rivalries, and petty jealousies. Family Wars takes readers behind the scenes on a rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of some of the biggest family-run companies in the world, showing how family in-fighting has threatened to bring

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Many of the world's greatest businesses are family owned, and with this comes the threat of family feuding, sibling rivalries, and petty jealousies. Family Wars takes readers behind the scenes on a rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of some of the biggest family-run companies in the world, showing how family in-fighting has threatened to bring about their downfall. Covering families such as Ford, Gucci, McCain, Guinness, Gallo, and Redstone, Family Wars is an astonishing expose of the way families do business and how family in-fighting can threaten to blow a business apart. Whether it's Brent Redstone's court case with his father and sister or the family feud over Henry Ford's $350 million trust fund, the book reveals the origins, the extent, and finally the resolution of some of the most famous family feuds in recent history. Family Wars also provides valuable advice for anyone involved in a family business, offering suggestions on how to avoid such problems.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Lessons from this excellent book apply primarily to family companies, although there is thoughtful leadership insight for other managers." — Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749460556
Publisher:
Kogan Page, Ltd.
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
612,164
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
"Will inspire readers to institute processes for governance and communication that can prevent a feud from festering." — Family Business Magazine

Meet the Author

Nigel Nicholson has been honored by the American Academy of Management for his contribution to business theory and method.  He is a professor at the London Business School, where he leads the Family Business Research Initiative.  A former journalist, he is a frequent commentator in the media on business affairs and has published 15 books and over 200 articles.

Grant E. Gordon is the Director General for the Institute for Family Business. He is a fifth generation member and Non-Executive Director of William Grant & Sons, a family business that changed over from family to non-family leadership in 2000.

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