Managing the Family Business


Managing the Family Business

Theory and Practice

9781783470693 Edward Elgar Publishing
Thomas Zellweger, Professor of Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Publication Date: 2017 ISBN: 978 1 78347 069 3 Extent: 544 pp
This innovative textbook covers the most important managerial challenges facing family businesses. It is research-based and includes theory and practice along with concepts, cases and reflection questions to illustrate the key topics.

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Awarded Best Book of the Year Award by the European Academy of Management 2018

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This innovative textbook covers the most important challenges facing family businesses. Practice-inspired and research-based, it emphasizes both practice and theory along with concepts, cases and reflection questions to illustrate key topics.

This text discusses the relevance of family firms across the globe, their unique strengths and weaknesses, their governance, strategic management, the succession process, drivers of long-term success and interpersonal dynamics. Taking a holistic and international perspective, the book combines management concepts, research findings, practical examples and case studies to provide a unique source of insight and inspiration for students and practitioners in the most prominent type of business organization in the world.

This textbook’s comprehensive coverage of topics and combination of didactical formats makes it ideal for students studying family firms, and a useful reference for professors, advisors, and practitioners as well.
Critical Acclaim
‘Zellweger’s book serves as a foundational text in its marriage of theory and practice. The text effectively fills a large gap in available resources on family firms and starts an engaging discourse highlighting their common challenges and available strategies to address them. Zellweger is among the first to offer sufficient depth across a number of core topics for family businesses. His book is a timely and relevant contribution that many have been waiting for and will enjoy.’
– Academy of Management Learning & Education

‘Zellweger has written a wide-ranging, thorough and very readable examination of the family business. His discussions of governance, succession planning, financial management, and conflict resolution draw on over 40 years of research, with relevant case studies that provoke discussion and reflection. His overview of cultural differences in families and in family businesses shows his grounded perspective. This text will provide a strong educational foundation for students and proactive family business owners alike.’
– John A. Davis, Harvard Business School, US

‘One of the top international researchers in the family business field, a celebrated instructor, and a thoughtful practitioner, Thomas Zellweger succeeded in the daunting task of writing a book on family enterprises that appeals to multiple audiences. By carefully identifying the themes that are crucial to family business continuity, and by connecting them through a multidisciplinary approach that is at the same time intellectually deep, practically relevant, and crystal clear, the author does full justice to the complexity of family firms, and to their vital role in our economies and societies.’
– Carlo Salvato, Bocconi University, Italy

‘I strongly recommend this unique textbook about family firms as it is an excellent resource for students and practitioners alike. Research based insights on most pressing topics are discussed in an engaging manner that makes it a joy to read!’
– Pramodita Sharma, Editor, Family Business Review and University of Vermont, US

‘Zellweger has an amazing capacity to delve into the complexities and paradoxes related to family businesses, and explain everything in simple, yet very comprehensive way. His capabilities to simultaneously wear the hats of teacher, practitioner and researcher are reflected right across the book. This is a milestone publication as it synthesises the existing knowledge on family business for the benefit of students and practitioners alike across the spectrum in all parts of the world.’
– Kavil Ramachandran, Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise, Indian School of Business

‘Managing the Family Business is a superb contribution; of unparalleled merit as a text for bachelors and masters level courses in family business, and of enormous benefit to practitioners in its sound and actionable insights for those grappling with the myriad challenges of managing family firms. Its scope and thoroughness will also be useful to scholars wishing to advance the field. This book has my highest recommendation.’
– Danny Miller, HEC Montreal, Canada

‘Overall, the textbook provides a nice introduction to topics pertinent to family businesses. . . The book is a worthy addition to the family business field.''
– IIMB Management Review

‘This book presents a fine balance across all dimensions of family businesses and makes a comprehensive presen-tation of the field of family business. The book can be a reference book/textbook for college students specialising in family business management. It can also be a good reference book for young researchers in family business. It can also be a great resource for family business owners and their heirs. The book can be adopted by educators of family business courses to cover a broad range of issues.''
– Journal of Entrepreneurship

Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Defining the family business 3. Prevalence and economic contribution of family firms around the globe 4. Strengths and weaknesses of family firms 5. Governance in the family firm 6. Strategic management in the family firm 7. Succession in the family firm 8. Change and transgenerational value creation 9. Financial management in the family firm 10. Interpersonal relationships and conflict in the family firm Index

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