Family Businesses

Mixing family with business is an unlikely formula for a successful partnership as typically families focus on caring relationships and businesses on monetary profits. Our research uses the psychodynamic-systemic framework to offer new perspectives on family business functioning as well as issues related to succession and legacy.

“Wealth doesn’t last more than three generations”

Saving a Family Business from Emotional Dysfunction

This blog looks at how successfully handing on a family business requires mastery not only of the business but also of the self.

Harvard Business Review, Feb 2017

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Family Business on the Couch: A Psychological Perspective

Family Business on the Couch: A Psychological Perspective

In this book, ideas from the psychodynamic and family systemic approaches are integrated with an existing body of literature on leadership to offer new perspectives on family business functioning.

Wiley, Sep 2007

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Family Business: Human Dilemmas in the Family Firm

Family Business: Human Dilemmas in the Family Firm

Manfred Kets de Vries opens the doors of the family business wide open to give us a detailed look at the extra-rational forces that can influence leadership and organizational strategy and structure.

International Thomson Business Press, Jun 1996

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