Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business

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Generation to Generation presents one of the first comprehensive overviews of family business as a specific organizational form. Focusing on the inevitable maturing of families and their firms over time, the authors reveal the dynamics and challenges family businesses face as they move through their life cycles. The book asks questions, such as: what is the difference between an entrepreneurial start-up and a family business, and how does one become the other? How does the meaning of the business to the family ...
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Overview


Generation to Generation presents one of the first comprehensive overviews of family business as a specific organizational form. Focusing on the inevitable maturing of families and their firms over time, the authors reveal the dynamics and challenges family businesses face as they move through their life cycles. The book asks questions, such as: what is the difference between an entrepreneurial start-up and a family business, and how does one become the other? How does the meaning of the business to the family change as adults and children age? How do families move through generational changes in leadership, from anticipation to transfer, and then separation and retirement? This book is divided into three sections that present a multidimensional model of a family business. The authors use the model to explore the various stages in the family business life span and extract generalizable lessons about how family businesses should be organized.
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Generation to Generation is not only a Rand McNally for family businesses, it is a Fodor’s as well. Participants in family businesses, no matter what their ages, will find this book an invaluable road map and guide.” — Frank Perdue, Poultry Executive

“A seminal book about a topic usually neglected if not ignored—the family owned business—which is what makes Generation to Generation so important and vital. Bringing their rich experiences to bear, along with powerful analytic heft, the authors have written what will be, in a very short time, a classic.” — Warren Bennis, University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, and author of Organizing Genius and On Becoming a Leader

“A family controlled business can be a blessing or a curse. For those of us fated to cope with these issues, Generation to Generation is a long overdue ‘must read.’” — William K. Coors, Chairman of the Board & President, Adolph Coors Company

“Anyone interested in the survival of the family business should read this book carefully. In a very sensible and sensitive way the authors provide a wealth of insight into the generational vicissitudes of this kind of enterprise.” — Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries, Clinical Professor of Management and Leadership, INSEAD

“The authors have zeroed in on the distinctive culture, the unique strengths, and the complexities and challenges of the family controlled business. In practice, this model will help those who run, consult with, or work for family businesses.” — Ralph J. Roberts, Chairman, Comcast Corporation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875845555
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 492,403
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Kelin E. Gersick is a professor of organizational psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, and a cofounder and senior partner of Lansberg, Gersick and Associates, a consulting and research firm specializing in family enterprise and philanthropy. John A. Davis is a senior lecturer of business administration at the Harvard Business School and president of the Owner Managed Business Institute, Santa Barbara, an international educational institute for family business specializing in consulting, customized programs, and presentations. Marion McCollom Hampton is an associate professor of management at Boston University. Ivan Lansberg is a cofounder and senior partner of Lansberg, Gersick and Associates.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Developmental Model of Family Business 1
Pt. I The Three-Dimensional Developmental Model 27
1 The Ownership Developmental Dimension 29
2 The Family Developmental Dimension 57
3 The Business Developmental Dimension 103
Pt. II Four Classic Family Business Types 133
4 Founders and the Entrepreneurial Experience 135
5 The Growing and Evolving Family Business 153
6 The Complex Family Enterprise 175
7 The Diversity of Successions: Different Dreams and Challenges 193
Pt. III Managing the Developing Family Business 223
8 Structures and Plans for Guiding Development 225
9 Consulting with Family Businesses 251
Conclusion: Lessons from the Life Cycles 273
References 279
Index 293
About the Authors 301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    Excellent Book on Family Businesses

    Those who practice in the area of family businesses 'or survive them' know what a different kind of beast they can be. This book is an outstanding one-volume introduction to the genre, analytical but accessible, fact-filled but easy to read. The model presented by the authors is, in my opinion, spot on.

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