Family Wars: Classic Conflicts in Family Business and how to Deal with Them

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Kogan Page, 2008 - Business & Economics - 290 pages
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Many of the world's greatest businesses are family owned - but with this comes the threat of family feuding, sibling rivalries and petty jealousies. Family Wars takes you behind the scenes on a rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of some of the biggest family-run companies in the world - and shows how family in-fighting has threatened to bring about their downfall. Covering families such as Ford, Gucci, McCain, Guinness, Gallo, Redstone and many more, Family Wars is an astonishing exposé of the way families do business and how family arguments and in-fighting can threaten to blow a business apart. Whether it's Brent Redstone's courtcase with his father and sister and his accusation of them "misappropriating millions of dollars", or the family feud over Henry Ford's $350 million trust fund, the book reveals the origins, the extent and finally the resolution of some of the most famous family feuds in recent history. More than telling the stories behind some of these dramatic showdowns, Family Wars also provides valuable advice and insight for anyone involved with a family-run business. With insight into issues such as board-room power-struggles, family inheritance or the rights to use the family name, the book offers practical suggestions on how similar problems can be contained and solved, avoiding the disastrous consequences of family feuding.

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Gallo, Ford, Guinness, IBM, Gucchi, Mondavi, Reliance and Addidas… Global brands? Before they were these brands they were family owned companies (or family run in the case of IBM). Authors Grant ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Nigel Nicholson has been honored by the American Academy of Management for his contribution to business theory and method.  He is a professor at the London Business School, where he leads the Family Business Research Initiative.  A former journalist, he is a frequent commentator in the media on business affairs and has published 15 books and over 200 articles.

Grant E. Gordon is the Director General for the Institute for Family Business. He is a fifth generation member and Non-Executive Director of William Grant & Sons, a family business that changed over from family to non-family leadership in 2000.

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