Summary of Strategic Planning for the Family Business

Parallel Planning to Unify the Family and Business

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Strategic Planning for the Family Business book summary
The downfall of many small businesses is the family itself.


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Balancing the needs of a business and the family that controls it might seem like an overwhelming task, unless you tackle the challenge with a clear-headed plan. Randel S. Carlock and John L. Ward provide just such an approach by mapping out the strategies and structures needed to make a family business run smoothly. In so doing, they address family conflict, executive succession, ownership schemes and a host of other issues that can make or break a family business. highly recommends this book for its practical and applicable methods of striking a balance between the needs of business and the needs of family.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What issues pose the greatest threat to any family business
  • How to develop long-range plans that address these threats
  • How to evaluate and secure the proper level of family commitment to a business


Stayin’ Alive
Keeping the family business alive and well is probably the toughest job in business. In addition to the unpredictable economy and rapidly evolving markets, today’s family business leader also must consider the impact of the Internet and other technologies. Too often, families...
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About the Authors

Randel S. Carlock has some 25 years of experience as an executive and CEO. He is the Opus Endowed Professor of Family Enterprise at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, and an Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, Fontainebleau. John L. Ward is Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Family Enterprises at Northwestern University’s esteemed Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a founder of the Family Business Consulting Group International.

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