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Invent Reinvent Thrive

by Lloyd E. Shefsky; McGraw-Hill, Inc.
ISBN: 007182300X

Invent Reinvent Thrive tells the stories of the founders of: Starbucks, Costco, Staples, CDW, Charles Schwab & others, and the families that own companies and products such as: Hyatt, Seagram's, General Dynamics, Jet & Ebony Magazines, Radisson, TGIF & others. Their stories are fascinating and the lessons gleaned from them, through many hours of personal interviews have been described as extremely interesting, invaluable and profound.

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Entrepreneurs Are Made Not Born

by Lloyd E. Shefsky; McGraw-Hill, Inc.
ISBN: 0-07-057025-6

Shefsky interviewed 200 entrepreneurs and draws on their experiences to highlight targeted lessons in entrepreneurship.

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Family Business as Paradox

by John L. Ward, Ph.D., Amy Schuman and Stacy Stutz
ISBN: 978-0-230-24360-6, ISBN10: 0-230-24360-6

Rather than having to choose between the family and the business, the authors argue that if family-owned businesses can consciously manage and, synthesize...

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Building A Successful Family Business Board: A Guide for Leaders, Directors, and Families

by Jennifer M. Pendergast, John L. Ward, Ph.D. and Stephanie Brun De Pontet
ISBN: 978-0-230-11154-7, ISBN10: 0-230-11154-8

Best practices for creating a board of directors for family businesses from the experts in the field.

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When Family Businesses are Best: The Parallel Planning Process for Family Harmony and Business Success

by Randel S. Carlock and John L. Ward, Ph.D.
ISBN: 978-0-230-22262-5, ISBN10: 0-230-22262-5

This book explores how effective planning and communication helps family businesses around the world address growth challenges as they strive to become high...

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Succeeding Generations: Realizing the Dream of Families in Business

by Ivan Lansberg, HBS
ISBN: 978-0875847429

Explores leadership transitions in family businesses, offering a clear-eyed assessment of the different options, from direct succession to building partnerships between siblings and cousins...

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Why Others? Philanthropy as Opportunity

by Etienne Eichenberger, Karin Jestin, Thierry Lombard, Maurice Machenbaum, Matthieu Ricard, John L. Ward, Ph.D., and GABS.

Why me? Wealth: Creating, Receiving and Passing it on

by Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez, Thierry Lombard, Matthieu Ricard, GABS, and John L. Ward, Ph.D.

Eminent family enterprise authors bring humor to their vast knowledge of this subject.

Family Values and Value Creation - (Introduction & Chapter 5 "How Values Dilemmas Underscore the Difficult Issues of Governing the Large, Enterprising Family")

edited by Josep Tapies and John L. Ward
ISBN: 978-0-230-21219-01

The study and research of the role of family values and their impact on the creation of values.

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Perpetuating the Family Business: 50 Lessons Learned from Long-Lasting Successful Families in Business

by John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 1-4039-3397-9

A framework of insights and principles in which 50 lessons for family businesses are presented using international examples, cases, essential tools and checklists of best practice.

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Strategic Planning for the Family Business

by Randel S. Carlock and John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 0-333-94731-2

The authors introduce the new concept of the Parallel Planning Process, explaining how to integrate the needs and expectations of the family and business systems in order to create an organic and entrepreneurial unit.

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Family Business Key Issues

by Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez and John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 1-4039-4775-9

This book is collection of articles by leading thinkers and practitioners on family business and it covers such issues as ensuring a healthy family business, family strategy, governance and succession.

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Creating Effective Boards for Private Enterprises: Meeting the Challenges of Continuity and Competition

by John L. Ward, Ph.D; Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 1-55542-352-3

This book shows how to build a dynamic board of directors that can enhance the ability to conduct business of owners of small to midsized private and family firms.

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Keeping the Family Business Healthy. How to Plan for Continuing Growth, Profitability, and Family Leadership

by John L. Ward, Ph.D; Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 1-55542-026-5

Fewer than one-third of family-owned businesses survive until the second generation because owners or managers avoid making decisions about the company's future. As a result, they fail to adapt to changing ...

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Unconventional Wisdom: Counterintuitive Insights for Family Business Success (IMD Executive Development Series)

by John L. Ward, Ph.D (Editor)
ISBN: 0-470-02165-9

"IMD - International Institute for Management Development - has been the global meeting place for families in business since 1988..."

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The Family Business Sourcebook, 3rd edition

Edited by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D., Joseph H. Astrachan, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 1-891652-07-9

The most comprehensive reference book on family business issues, the 740-page Family Business Sourcebook II is a thoroughly revised, updated and ...

Managing Complexity in Global Organizations (IMD Executive Development Series) - (Chapter 18) Managing Complexity: The Family Business Experience

by John L. Ward, Ph.D.

Mastering Global Corporate Governance (IMD Executive Development Series) - (Chapter 8) How Governing Family Businesses is Different

edited by Peter Lorange, Fred Neubauer, John L. Ward, Ph.D., Bill George, Ulrich Steger
ISBN: 0-470-09041-3

Family Education for Business-Owning Families. Strengthening Bonds by Learning Together

by Amy M. Schuman and John L. Ward. © 2009
ISBN: 1-891652-27-5

This book aims to inspire you and your family to initiate a family education program that is suited to the needs of your family.

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From Siblings to Cousins: Prospering in the Third Generation and Beyond

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D.

If you are a sibling owner, this book will help you create the circumstances to help your children become successful team-if it's the family's goal to continue in business together. This is a how-to book aimed at helping the cousin generation continue working together successfully.

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The Family Constitution: Agreements to Secure and Perpetuate Your Family and Your Business

by Daniela Montemerlo and John L. Ward, Ph.D

The two most effective practices implemented to protect and preserve the family business are "1) to build an independent board to strengthen the business and 2) to draft a Family Agreement to strengthen the family." This book is about the latter.

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Family Business Ownership: How to be an Effective Shareholder

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

This book explores the far deeper rewards--spiritual, psychological, intellectual, emotional and financial-- that can come from being an effective shareholder in a healthy family business.

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Make Change Your Family Business Tradition

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

The current rapid rate of change makes ongoing success in a family business an increasingly more difficult challenge. This book provides a framework for all constituents to embrace change for the success of the family enterprise.

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Family Business Values: How to Assure a Legacy of Continuity and Success

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

A family's values can be among the greatest competitive advantages that owners can bring to their business. When owning family's values form the heart of a business culture, vital ...

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Developing Family Business Policies: Your Guide to the Future

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D., Joseph H. Astrachan, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

Sooner or later, every business family needs to formalize the structure and guidelines under which the family will own and operate their business.

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Making Sibling Teams Work: The Next Generation

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D., Joseph H. Astrachan, Ph.D., Drew S. Mendoza and John L. Ward, Ph.D

Family businesses are now increasingly passed from founder to next-generation sibling teams. Brothers and sisters own and run ...

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Family Business Governance: Maximizing Family and Business Potential

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

Effective governance empowers leaders of the business and the family to make the most of the unique strength of a family business: The synergy between a strong, unified owning family ...

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Financing Transitions: Managing Capital and Liquidity in your Family Business

by Francois M. de Visscher, Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

If a family-owned company is to endure and provide the maximum potential opportunity for future generations, it must plan for provision of both adequate ...

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How Families Work Together

by Mary F. Whiteside with Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

How Families Work Together emphasizes how to build positive and constructive family relations by learning to make the characteristics and dynamics of family life ...

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Family Meetings: How to Build a Stronger Family and a Stronger Business

by Craig E. Aronoff and John L. Ward, Ph.D

Family Meetings: How to Build a Stronger Family and a Stronger Business demonstrates the value of family meetings and how to effectively use family meetings to achieve family and ...

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Preparing Your Family Business for Strategic Change

by Craig E. Aronoff and John L. Ward, Ph.D

Responsible and disciplined strategic integration of family and business goals, strengths and values produces powerful results for family firms. Significant strategic change is crucial ...

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Family Business Succession: The Final Test of Greatness

by Craig E. Aronoff and John L. Ward, Ph.D

Few challenges demand more of a business owner than passing on the family business to the next generation. Family members' lifelong hopes, dreams, ambitions, relationships, even ...

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Preparing Successors for Leadership: Another Kind of Hero

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

Another Kind of Hero: Preparing Successors for Leadership focuses on how a family firm's next generation of leadership can effectively enter the organization and develop essential ...

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More Than Family: Non-Family Executives in the Family Business

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

The success, growth and well-being of a family business depends on its ability to attract, motivate, develop and retain outstanding executives who are not kin. This booklet will aid ..

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Family Business Compensation

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

Compensation matters are among the most frequently asked and complicated questions facing business-owning families. What is fair? How can the rewards of ownership be distinguished from ...

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How to Choose & Use Advisors: Getting the Best Family Business Advice

by Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D. and John L. Ward, Ph.D

The success and survival of your family business may depend on the professionals you choose to advise you on matters of finance, law, taxes, family relations, business strategy, ...

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Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business

by Ivan Lansberg et al.; HBS
ISBN: 978-0875845555

One of the first comprehensive overviews of family business as a specific organizational form. Focusing on the inevitable maturing of families and their firms over time, the authors reveal the dynamics and challenges family businesses face as they move through their life cycles...

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Defying the ODDS: Case Studies of Nigerian Organizations that have Survived Generations

Foreward by John L. Ward, Ph.D

Family Business Through Darwin's Theory of Species

by Corinne Chaponniere and John L. Ward, Ph.D

The purpose of this book is to explore with the reader whether Darwin's theory of evolution is a valuable metaphor for family business continuity. Is there, possibly, a "family business biology"? Do Darwin's concepts of struggle for life, adaptation, variation, mutation, natural selection, procreation and inheritance provide helpful insights for family business owners?

Les Enterprises Familiales (French) - Family Enterprises

edited by Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez and John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 2-13-054607-2

Paris: Presses Universitaire de France, 2004, 127 p

Como Escoger y Trabajar Con Consultores En Empresa: Como Obtener El Mejor Asesoramiento Profesional Para La Empresa Familiar (Spanish) - How to Choose & Use Advisors: Getting the Best Family Business Advice

by Craig E. Aronoff and John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 970-10-2464-8

Mexico: McGraw-Hill Interamericana, 1999. 69p. (HD69.C6A7e)

La Prueba Suprema de La Grandeza; La Eleccion Del Nuevo Lider (Spanish Translation) - Family Business Succession: The Final Test of Greatness

by Craig E. Aronoff and John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 970-10-2696-9

Mexico: McGraw-Hill Interamericana, 2000. 47p. (HD62.25.A712e)

La Sucesion En La Empresa Familiar: Un Nuevo Lider, Un Nuevo Heroe (Spanish Translation) - Another Kind of Hero: Preparing Successors for Leadership

by Craig E. Aronoff and John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 970-10-2697-7

Mexico: McGraw-Hill Interamericana, 2000. 63p. (HD62.25.A713e)

Optimizando El Potencial En La Empresa Familiar; Como Evitar Los Juegos De Poder (Spanish Translation) - Family Business Governance: Maximizing Family and Business Potential

by Craig E. Aronoff and John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 970-10-2753-1

Mexico: McGraw-Hill Interamericana, 2000. 61p. (HD62.25.A71e)

Juntas De Trabajo Exitosas Para Formar Empresas Familiares Muy Solidas (Spanish Translation) - Family Meetings: How to Build a Stronger Family and a Stronger Business

by Craig E. Aronoff and John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 970-10-2463-X

Mexico: McGraw-Hill Interamericana, 1999. 53p. (HD62.25.A7e)

Como Desarrollar La Empresa Familiar: Planificacion Estrategica De Crecimiento, Rentabilidad & Liderazgo Familiar Duraderos (Spanish Translation) - Keeping the Family Business Healthy. How to Plan for Continuing Profitability, and Family Leadership

by John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 950-02-3626-5

Buenos Aires: El Ateneo, 1994. 216p. (HD62.25.W3e)

Di Padre In Giglio: L'Impresa Di Famiglia; Come Preparer Il Passaggio Generazionale E Assicurare Continuita E Prosperita Alle Aziende Familiari (Italian Translation) - Keeping the Family Business Healthy. How to Plan for Continuing Growth, Profitability, and Family Leadership

by John L. Ward, Ph.D
ISBN: 88-204-3684-1