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published: 28 Apr 2014

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
Studying or practicing? Being an entrepreneur or a manager? Working for the family business or not? How much should business-owning families support their young? The Trusted Family case discusses some fundamental dilemmas of next-generation family business members. It follows two young family entrepreneurs who launch their own company, a social media platform for other family businesses, thus finding not only a new way of working with the family business, but also how to leverage it.

Pedagogical Objectives:
1) Discussing career options for next-generation members, understanding the value of making one's own choices, understanding one's own position in a family business. 2) Discussing the pros and cons of providing support to a business as a parent and of the intergenerational dialogue. 3) Demonstrating the stages of entrepreneurship from opportunity recognition to professionalization and the role of the entrepreneurial team.

Keywords:
Family Business, Startup, Career Planning, Next Generation, Social Media, Parent Generation, Entrepreneurial Teams, Professionalization

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published: 28 Apr 2014

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
Studying or practicing? Being an entrepreneur or a manager? Working for the family business or not? How much should business-owning families support their young? The Trusted Family case discusses some fundamental dilemmas of next-generation family business members. It follows two young family entrepreneurs who launch their own company, a social media platform for other family businesses, thus finding not only a new way of working with the family business, but also how to leverage it.

Pedagogical Objectives:
1) Discussing career options for next-generation members, understanding the value of making one's own choices, understanding one's own position in a family business. 2) Discussing the pros and cons of providing support to a business as a parent and of the intergenerational dialogue. 3) Demonstrating the stages of entrepreneurship from opportunity recognition to professionalization and the role of the entrepreneurial team.

Keywords:
Family Business, Startup, Career Planning, Next Generation, Social Media, Parent Generation, Entrepreneurial Teams, Professionalization

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published: 28 Jun 2011

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Industry: Hotel
  • Region: North America

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Abstract:
The Resort in Pueblo Valley case describes the story of three generations of a business family, who owned and managed a beautiful resort. The family story includes traumatic events like early deaths, suicide, and remarriages and lack of communication on succession issues. Succession took place in abrupt ways, through the deaths of owner-managers, or the threat to sell by their widows. Case A describes the history of the family and the business until 1996, when the second generation widow confronted the children with her determination to sell the business. Case B (to be used after case discussion) explains what happened afterwards.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case was written primarily to illustrate the concept of Fair Process in key family business circumstances, i.e. ownership succession and leadership succession. While the mother wanted to sell, the children called for a meeting and family discussion before taking the decision. They ultimately took the decision to sell, but, thanks to a better process, obtained a much higher price, and preserved family relationships. The case also illustrates family dynamics, relationships between step-children and step-mother, repetition from first to second generation, and the sale of the family business.

Keywords:
Family Business, Succession, Communication, Fair Process, Sale of Family Business, Remarriage, Step-Parent, Family Dynamics, Genogram, Wicfe, Succession, Next Generation, Fair Process, Communication, Psychology, Gender

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published: 28 Jun 2011

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Industry: Hotel
  • Region: North America

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Abstract:
The Resort in Pueblo Valley case describes the story of three generations of a business family, who owned and managed a beautiful resort. The family story includes traumatic events like early deaths, suicide, and remarriages and lack of communication on succession issues. Succession took place in abrupt ways, through the deaths of owner-managers, or the threat to sell by their widows. Case A describes the history of the family and the business until 1996, when the second generation widow confronted the children with her determination to sell the business. Case B (to be used after case discussion) explains what happened afterwards.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case was written primarily to illustrate the concept of Fair Process in key family business circumstances, i.e. ownership succession and leadership succession. While the mother wanted to sell, the children called for a meeting and family discussion before taking the decision. They ultimately took the decision to sell, but, thanks to a better process, obtained a much higher price, and preserved family relationships. The case also illustrates family dynamics, relationships between step-children and step-mother, repetition from first to second generation, and the sale of the family business.

Keywords:
Family Business, Succession, Communication, Fair Process, Sale of Family Business, Remarriage, Step-Parent, Family Dynamics, Genogram, Wicfe, Succession, Next Generation, Fair Process, Communication, Psychology, Gender

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published: 19 May 2009

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Industry: Hotel
  • Region: North America

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Abstract:
The Resort in Pueblo Valley case describes the story of three generations of a business family, who owned and managed a beautiful resort. The family story includes traumatic events like early deaths, suicide, and remarriages and lack of communication on succession issues. Succession took place in abrupt ways, through the deaths of owner-managers, or the threat to sell by their widows. Case A describes the history of the family and the business until 1996, when the second generation widow confronted the children with her determination to sell the business. Case B (to be used after case discussion) explains what happened afterwards.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case was written primarily to illustrate the concept of Fair Process in key family business circumstances, i.e. ownership succession and leadership succession. While the mother wanted to sell, the children called for a meeting and family discussion before taking the decision. They ultimately took the decision to sell, but, thanks to a better process, obtained a much higher price, and preserved family relationships. The case also illustrates family dynamics, relationships between step-children and step-mother, repetition from first to second generation, and the sale of the family business.

Keywords:
Family Business, Succession, Communication, Fair Process, Sale of Family Business, Remarriage, Step-Parent, Family Dynamics, Genogram, Wicfe, Governance, Parallel Planning, Strategy, Boards, Succession, Next Generation, Fair Process, Communication, Psychology, Gender

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published: 19 May 2009

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Industry: Hotel
  • Region: North America

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Abstract:
The case describes the story of three generations of a business family, who owned and managed a beautiful resort. The family story includes traumatic events like: early deaths; suicide; and remarriages and the lack of communication on succession issues. Succession took place in abrupt ways, through death of owner-managers, or threat to sell by their widows. Case (A) describes the history of the family and the business until 1996, when the second generation widow confronts the children with her determination to sell the business. Case (B), to be used after case discussion, explains what happened afterwards.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case was written primarily to illustrate the concept of fair process in key family business circumstances, ie ownership succession and leadership succession. While the mother wanted to sell, the children called for a meeting and family discussion before taking the decision. They ultimately took the decision to sell, but thanks to a better process obtained a much higher price, and preserved family relationships. The case also illustrates family dynamics, relationships between stepchildren and stepmother, repetition from first to second generation, and the sale of the family business.

Keywords:
Family Business, Succession, Communication, Fair Process, Sale of Family Business, Remarriage, Step-Parent, Family Dynamics, Genogram, Wicfe, Governance, Parallel Planning, Strategy, Boards, Succession, Next Generation, Fair Process, Communication, Psychology, Gender

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published: 19 May 2009

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Industry: Hearing devices
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
The case describes the way in which members of a family owning a business try to put together a family meeting to discuss the future of the enterprise. The case allows a discussion of the question of rules for family members working in the business, ownership distribution, family meetings, reconciling individual interests… all the elements of what family business scholars and practitionners term "family governance". Pedagogical Objectives Keywords

Pedagogical Objectives:
The objective of the case is to allow participants to grasp the issues at stake for members of a third generation family business, using "hands on" communication tools (similar to those suggested to participants for use in their own family meetings).

Keywords:
Family Business, Family Business Governance, Family Meetings, Family Constitutions, Family Business Communication, Family Govertance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance for Family Firms, Wicfe, Governance, Parallel Planning, Strategy, Boards

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published: 01 Dec 2008

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Industry: Hearing devices
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
The case describes the way in which members of a family owning a business try to put together a family meeting to discuss the future of the enterprise. The case allows a discussion of the question of rules for family members working in the business, ownership distribution, family meetings, reconciling individual interests… all the elements of what family business scholars and practitionners term "family governance".

Pedagogical Objectives:
The objective of the case is to allow participants to grasp the issues at stake for members of a third generation family business, using "hands on" communication tools (similar to those suggested to participants for use in their own family meetings).

Keywords:
Family Business, Family Business Governance, Family Meetings, Family Constitutions, Family Business Communication, Family Govertance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance for Family Firms

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published: 18 Feb 2008

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Industry: Hearing devices
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
The case describes the way in which members of a family owning a business try to put together a family meeting to discuss the future of the enterprise. The case allows a discussion of the question of rules for family members working in the business, ownership distribution, family meetings, reconciling individual interests… all the elements of what family business scholars and practitionners term "family governance".

Pedagogical Objectives:
The objective of the case is to allow participants to grasp the issues at stake for members of a third generation family business, using "hands on" communication tools (similar to those suggested to participants for use in their own family meetings).

Keywords:
Family Business, Family Business Governance, Family Meetings, Family Constitutions, Family Business Communication, Family Govertance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance for Family Firms, Wicfe, Fair Process, Communication, Psychology, Gender, Governance, Parallel Planning, Strategy, Boards

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published: 01 Aug 2004

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Industry: Hotel
  • Region: North America

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Abstract:
The Resort in Pueblo Valley case describes the story of three generations of a business family, who owned and managed a beautiful resort. The family story includes traumatic events like early deaths, suicide, and remarriages and lack of communication on succession issues. Succession took place in abrupt ways, through the deaths of owner-managers, or the threat to sell by their widows. Case A describes the history of the family and the business until 1996, when the second generation widow confronted the children with her determination to sell the business. Case B (to be used after case discussion) explains what happened afterwards.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case was written primarily to illustrate the concept of Fair Process in key family business circumstances, i.e. ownership succession and leadership succession. While the mother wanted to sell, the children called for a meeting and family discussion before taking the decision. They ultimately took the decision to sell, but, thanks to a better process, obtained a much higher price, and preserved family relationships. The case also illustrates family dynamics, relationships between step-children and step-mother, repetition from first to second generation, and the sale of the family business.

Keywords:
Family Business, Succession, Communication, Fair Process, Sale of Family Business, Remarriage, Step-Parent, Family Dynamics, Genogram, Wicfe, Succession, Next Generation, Fair Process, Communication, Psychology, Gender

Prizes won:
- Winner of 2008 European Case Awards, Entrepreneurship Category

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