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Harvard Business Review Family Business Handbook: How to Build and Sustain a Successful, Enduring Enterprise

Harvard Business Review Family Business Handbook: How to Build and Sustain a Successful, Enduring Enterprise

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Navigate the complex decisions and critical relationships necessary to create and sustain a healthy family business—and business family.

Though family business may sound like it refers only to mom-and-pop shops, businesses owned by families are among the most significant and numerous in the world. But surprisingly few resources exist to help navigate the unique challenges you face when you share the executive suite, financial statements, and holidays. How do you make the right decisions, critical to the long-term survival of any business, with the added challenge of having to do so within the context of a family?

The HBR Family Business Handbook brings you sophisticated guidance and practical advice from family business experts Josh Baron and Rob Lachenauer. Drawing on their decades-long experience working closely with a wide range of family businesses of all sizes around the world, the authors present proven methods and approaches for communicating effectively, managing conflict, building the right governance structures, and more.

In the HBR Family Business Handbook you'll find:

  • A new perspective on what makes family businesses succeed and fail
  • A framework to help you make good decisions together
  • Step-by-step guidance on managing change within your business family
  • Key questions about wealth, unique to family businesses, that you can't afford to ignore
  • Assessments to help you determine where you are—and where you want to go
  • Stories of real companies, from Marchesi Antinori to Radio Flyer
  • Chapter summaries you can use to reinforce what you've learned

Keep this comprehensive guide with you to help you build, grow, and position your family business to thrive across generations.

HBR Handbooks provide ambitious professionals with the frameworks, advice, and tools they need to excel in their careers. With step-by-step guidance, time-honed best practices, and real-life stories, each comprehensive volume helps you to stand out from the pack—whatever your role.

Author: Josh Baron, Rob Lachenauer
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Published: 01/26/2021
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.10w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781633699045

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 02/19/2021

About the Author

Josh Baron is a cofounder and Partner at BanyanGlobal Family Business Advisors. He works with the leaders of family businesses to define their purpose as owners and establish the structures, strategies, and skills they need to accomplish their goals. A sought-after speaker who also teaches at Columbia Business School, Baron is a frequent contributor to

Rob Lachenauer is a cofounder, Partner, and CEO of BanyanGlobal Family Business Advisors. Lachenauer, who works around the world helping business families thrive, is also a frequent contributor to He is the coauthor, with George Stalk, of Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win?

Connect with Josh Baron and Rob Lachenauer at or on LinkedIn. Follow them on Twitter @BanyanFBA.

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