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A thorough explanation of how family enterprises work

The family enterprise, whether an operating business, a family office, or both, is the backbone of the US and international economies. These enterprises cut across industries and geographies and can be first-generation entrepreneurial companies or multi-generational businesses with family offices. This book offers a foundation in and understanding of how family enterprises work, including working definitions and the key characteristics of family enterprises, as well as useful concepts for working with and in family enterprises, either as a professional or as a family member.

  • Written by the experts at the Family Firm Institute, a global network of professionals, educators, researchers, and owners of family enterprises
  • An ideal resource for professionals in law, finance, management, and behavioral science, family office and fund managers, and others interested in an multidisciplinary approach to this field

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Family Enterprise: Understanding Families in Business and Families of Wealth xi

Chapter 1 Defining Family Enterprise 1

Definition 1 2

Definition 2 2

Definition 3 2

Definition 4 2

Definition 5 2

Family Business Review article: “From Longevity of Firms to Transgenerational Entrepreneurship of Families: Introducing Family Entrepreneurial Orientation” 4

Assessment Test 1 37

Chapter 2 Classic Systems of a Family Enterprise 39

The Family System 40

The Ownership System 41

The Enterprise System 42

Assessment Test 2 43

Chapter 3 Representative Governance Systems in Family Enterprises 45

Enterprise Governance 46

Family Governance: Family Council 48

Owner Governance: Ownership Forum 49

Assessment Test 3 50

Chapter 4 Key Characteristics of Family Enterprises 53

Characteristics 53

Challenges 54

Comparison of Family Systems and Enterprise Systems 55

Assessment Test 4 57

Chapter 5 Concepts in Family Enterprise Study 59

Systems Thinking: A Very Brief History 59

Systems Thinking: The Individual in the System 60

Relevant Systems Concepts: Triangles, Scapegoat(ing), Homeostasis, Boundaries 61

Content and Process 63

Family Business Review article: “Using the Process/Content Framework: Guidelines for the Content Expert” 65

Assessment Test 5 77

Chapter 6 Theoretical Frameworks in Family Enterprises 81

The Three-Circle Model 83

The Developmental Model 87

The Balance Point Model 88

Assessment Test 6 89

Chapter 7 Core Professions Working With Family Enterprises 93

Differing Perceptual Filters 95

Understand the Differences Among the Core Professions 96

Assessment Test 7 99

Chapter 8 Multidisciplinary Professional Teams 101

Types of Teams 101

Challenges Teams Face 102

Family Business Review article: “The Effects of Goal Orientation and Client Feedback on the Adaptive Behaviors of Family Enterprise Advisors” 103

Assessment Test 8 138

Chapter 9 Applying What You Have Learned 141

Case 1 141

Case 2 142

Case 3 142

Glossary 145

Suggested Readings From Family Business Review: Journal of the Family Firm Institute 153

About the Website 155

About The Family Firm Institute, Inc. 157

About the Authors 159

Index 161

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