Family Business Governance: Increasing Business Effectiveness and Professionalism

Family Business Governance: Increasing Business Effectiveness and Professionalism

by Keanon J Alderson

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Overview

This book presents research-based information to provide the reader a deeper understanding of the complex nature of family owned businesses, their problems and challenges, and the unique governance structures and mechanisms that have been developed to properly guide a family business to greater effectiveness.

Family business is the most prevalent form of business organization in the world. Much of the existing literature on family and corporate governance focuses on the larger and often publicly owned corporations instead of the unique and special issues of the much more prevalent privately held (usually smaller) family businesses. This book presents research-based information to provide the reader a deeper understanding of the complex nature of family owned businesses, their problems and challenges, and the unique governance structures and mechanisms that have been developed to properly guide a family business to greater effectiveness.

For the family, such structures include having family meetings, a family council, and a family constitution. For the business, the board of directors provides experienced and knowledgeable advice and recommendations, as well as oversight and monitoring activities. For the owners, a shareholder's council and an annual shareholder meeting allows increased communication and voting on decisions. These family governance mechanisms have been shown to increase communication, reduce conflict, and improve decision making and professionalism. Each governance tool will be explored in depth. The audience for this book is family business owners, consultants, practitioners, and family business scholars. Cases will provide readers an opportunity to apply their learning to real business problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949991307
Publisher: Business Expert Press
Publication date: 04/15/2019
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 838,355
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Keanon J. Alderson holds an MBA and a PhD in organization and management. He is a professor of management at California Baptist University in the Robert K. Jabs School of Business where he teaches a family business management course. His research has been published in the Thunderbird International Business Review, the Journal of Family Business Management, Family Business Magazine, and his own book Understanding the Family Business: Exploring the Differences between Family and Non-family Firms, by Business Expert Press (2018). He has contributed five chapters to collected volumes, presented to numerous audiences, and is in demand as a speaker. He consults with family-owned firms on succession, developing an effective board, corporate and family governance, preventing conflict, decision making, and increasing the professionalism and effectiveness of family owned firms.

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