Family Enterprises: How to Build Growth, Family Control and Family Harmony

Family EnterpriseFamily Enterprises: How to Build Growth, Family Control and Family Harmony by Richard L. Narva, Consulting Editor, is the result of a conscious effort to publish the thinking of world class advisors to family controlled enterprises and counselors to the families who control them in the same volume with world class researchers of family enterprise. This effort was accomplished by offering each author a chance to submit his or her thoughts on an issue of significance to him or her personally that would also be a contribution to the field.

Most contributors to this book have heretofore expressed dismay at some level with the failure of the literature on family enterprise to integrate family material—sort of like sports writing about offense without mentioning defense. As one of its authors put it, “The book may become controversial for its presentation of the need to integrate knowledge of both family systems and business enterprise systems in order to advise, study, counsel or research appropriately.”

There is no intent to be controversial on its editor’s, part, but neither does Richard Narva shy away from wherever the basic premise of the book may lead. He has also begun blogging on this site about many of the topics addressed in his book and has invited its authors to contribute further reflections. We will also welcome comments on this blog by members of family shareholder groups, their long term advisors, non-family executives, and members of boards of directors and councils of advisors to family enterprises.

The book is being marketed by its UK publishers, Globe Law and Business and by Amazon.

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Sustaining Family Enterprises: Meeting the Challenges of Continuity, Control and Competitiveness

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Richard L. Narva, Consulting Editor

Most people have a straightforward vision of the perfect family business. First, they hope for continued strengthening of the company’s financial and market position so it can support the lifestyle and needs of family members, from generation to generation. Secondly, they wish for family harmony. But life gets in the way. Sometimes family members’ short-term or individual needs can overwhelm the needs of the business. In other cases, family members strongly disagree on the strategic direction, or even on the day-to-day management of the business.

These family conflicts, when acted out on the stage of the family controlled enterprise, can seem insurmountable. This new book is a follow up companion guide to Family Enterprises: How to Build Growth, Family Control and Family Harmony. The first volume features chapters written and edited by experts from many disciplines and located across the globe to provide the architecture for enduring, continuing family controlled enterprises.

This second volume is intended to provide sustenance to those stakeholders committed to the core objectives presented in the title to the first book. It addresses ongoing issues facing both family shareholder control groups and the enterprises they control that surface in ongoing, mature, successful endeavours. The audience for this book is the owners, directors, managers of, and advisers to, family-controlled enterprises and the families that control them. It assumes that such enterprises have been launched – or at least renewed – as expressly family controlled businesses, or other enterprises.

The book is being marketed by its UK publishers, Globe Law and Business and by Amazon.

Read the introduction…

Richard Narva is the gold standard when it comes to insights and advice on the world of family business!
Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media