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September 1, 2008

Family businesses always have to balance the importance of family harmony against making decisions that are best for the business.

Tom Davidow says:
Family businesses always have to balance the importance of family harmony against making decisions that are best for the business. While family needs should bow to what is best for the business, unless family values and relationships are addressed, the force of family dynamics can overwhelm and potentially cripple the business.

May 1, 2008

The public loves to read about prominent families and they especially like a morality tale where wealth and ambition brings ultimate sadness, struggle and defeat upon the family.

Dennis Jaffe is a founding partner of Relative Solutions, a family business consulting company.

Hilary Morison is a PR consultant with Media Relations Management, a London-based media company.

Dennis Jaffe says:

March 1, 2008

Ed Lazar and Louise Adams go head to head on the topic of whether families should choose a MFO or a SFO. Do economies of scale trump privacy, or does having a bespoke solution beat being part of a group every time? Over to you to decide...

Ed Lazar is president of Threshold Group, a MFO based in Gig Harbor, WA.
Louise Adams is the head of a large, global SFO based in London.

Ed Lazar and Louise Adams go head to head on the topic of whether families should choose a MFO or a SFO. Do economies of scale trump privacy, or does having a bespoke solution beat being part of a group every time? Over to you to decide...

Go for a MFO

January 1, 2008

Tom Davidow and Clemens Trauttenberg go head to head on the topic of managing conflict in family businesses. Will the firm prosper if the dissidents are bought out or should the family try to overcome the conflict together? Over to you to decide…

Tom Davidow is founder and principal of Thomas D Davidow & Associates, based in Brookline, MA.
Clemens Trauttenberg is Member of the Private Client Department at WOLF THEISS.

Tom Davidow and Clemens Trauttenberg go head to head on the topic of managing conflict in family businesses. Will the firm prosper if the dissidents are bought out or should the family try to overcome the conflict together? Over to you to decide…

Buy out the dissidents

July 1, 2005

Do family businesses make worse decisions than other kinds of firm? Many economists think so.

Nigel Nicholson teaches ­organisational behaviour at London Business School, and is director of the Leadership in Family Business Research Initiative (LIFBRI). www.london.edu/family_business

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