Punishment, Reward, Control: How Money Shows Up in the Business Family

In popular culture, the portrayal of family businesses in movies and TV shows, such as Ridley Scott’s "House of Gucci" or HBO’s "Succession," often revolves around the pursuit of wealth and the Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Authors: Claudia Binz Astrachan and Anneleen Michiels

An Innovation Challenge Can Help Employees Feel More Connected

  PD Instore , which designs and builds product displays that help companies create a great customer experience, found an innovative way to help its employees feel more connected with one Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Good Intentions Can Sow Dysfunction at Family Businesses

People wear many hats at family businesses: owners, managers, and family members. All too often, says family business advisor Sara B. Stern, they're thinking like family members rather than owners Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Kimberly Eddleston and Sara Stern

Our Family Business YouTube Channel Has Launched!

FamilyBusiness.org, a leading resource for family business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in learning more about family businesses, is excited to announce the launch of its new YouTube Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Jennifer Gessner

Family Business Succession, Innovation, and Compensation: What You Need to Know

Family business succession planning, innovation, salaries, legacy, and values are topics that all business families grapple with at times, especially when they include multiple generations with Read More...

Category: Commentary

Authors: Mat Hughes and R. Adam Smith

Here's Why Family Businesses Need Branding

For family businesses, branding goes well beyond logos and advertising slogans. It gets to the heart of what makes a family firm successful and admired by customers, suppliers, employees and other Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Do You Treat In-Laws Like the Family Business Outlaws ?

Have you heard this before? “If it wasn’t for my in-laws, our family would be fine!” Such frustrated statements are typically followed by rants about how someone spends too lavishly, does not Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Authors: Claudia Binz Astrachan , Joseph Astrachan and Torsten Pieper

Keep the Founder's Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive in Future Generations

Most significant wealth is created through entrepreneurship, and in many countries family business plays a large role. But once the family business is established and successful, what further Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Author: David Werdiger

Help Your Family Business by Helping Others

When Katie Rucker was asked to lead a $15 million fundraiser for a local Ronald McDonald House, her twin sister Jenny Dinnen at first worried about running the family business without her co-leader. Read More...

Category: Interviews

Author: Kimberly Eddleston

Growing Pains: Helping a Family Office to Evolve

This case study invites students to identify the underlying issues, stakes, and potential pathways forward for a troubled family office. Students also explore problems surrounding the evolution of Read More...

Category: Education and Teaching

Authors: Torsten Pieper and Claudia Binz Astrachan