Business Families Centre

Reading list

A select list of leading resources covering a comprehensive range of topics pertaining  to family enterprises.

  • Beyond survival, a Guide for Business Owners and Their Families, Leon A. Danco (2003)
    Conflict and Communication in the Family Business, Joseph H. Astrachan & Kristi S. McMillan (2003)
    Entrepreneurial Family Firms, Frank Hoy & Pramodita Sharma (2009)
    Family Business as Paradox, Amy Schuman, Stacy Stutz, & John L. Ward (2010)
    Family Business on the Couch: A Psychological Perspective, Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries, Randel S. Carlock & Elizabeth Florent-Treacy (2007)
    Family Business: Key Issues, Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez & John L. Ward (2005)
    Family Business: The Essentials, Peter Leach (2009)
    Family Ties that Bind: A Self-Help Guide to Change through Family of Origin Therapy (4th Ed), Ronald W. Richardson (2011)
    Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business, Kelin K. Gersick, John A. Davis, Marion McCollon Hampton, & Ivan Lansberg (1997)
    Guide to the Family Business, Canadian Edition 2003, Peter Leach, Bruce Ball, & Garry Duncan (2002)
    Handbook of Family Business and Family Business Consultation: A Global Perspective, Florence W. Kaslow (2006)
    Healthy Growth for the Family Business, Jennifer M. Pendergast (2010)
    Inside the Family Business, Leon A. Danco (1982)
    Keeping the Family Buaggage Out of the Family Business: Avoiding the Seven Deadly Sins that Destroy Family Businesses, Quentin J. Fleming (2000)
    Keeping The Family Business Healthy: How to Plan for Continuing Growth, Profitability, and Family Leadership, John L. Ward (2010)
    Love, Power and Money: Family Business Between Generations, Dean Fowler & Peg Masterson Edguist (2002)
    Managing for the Long Run: Lessons in Competitive Advantage from Great Family Businesses, Danny Miller & Isabelle Le Breton-Miller (2005)
    Perpetuating the Family Business: 50 Lessons Learned from Long-Lasting, Successful Families in Business, John L. Ward (2004)
    Strategic Planning for the Family Business: Parallel Planning to Unify the Family and Business, Randel S. Carlock & John L. Ward (2001)
    When Family Businesses Are Best: The Parallel Planning Process for Family Harmony and Business Success, Randel S. Carlock & John L. Ward (2010)

  • Another Kind of Hero: Preparing Successors for Leadership, Craig E. Aronoff & John L. Ward (1992)
    Family Business Succession: The Final Test of Greatness (2nd Ed), Craig E. Aronoff, Stephen L. McClure, & John L. Ward (2010)
    Family Wealth Transition Planning: Advising Families with Small Businesses, Bonnie Brown Hartley & Gwendolyn Griffith (2009)
    Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family - How Family Members and Their Advisers Preserve Human, Intellectual, and Financial Assets for Generations, James E. Hughes Jr. (2004)
    Family: The Compact Among Generations - Answers and Insights from a Lifetime of Helping Families Flourish, James E. Hughes Jr. (2007)
    Financing Transitions: Managing Capital and Liquidity in the Family Business (2nd Ed), Francois M. de Visscher, Craig E. Aronoff, & John L. Ward (2010)
    From Siblings to Cousins: Prospering in the Third Generation and Beyond, Craig E. Aronoff & John L. Ward (2010)
    Letting Go: Preparing Yourself to Relinquish Control of the Family Business, Craig E. Aronoff & Otis W. Baskin (2010)
    Nurturing the Talent to Nurture the Legacy: Career Development in the Family Business, Amy M. Schuman (2010)
    Preparing Heirs: Five Steps to a Successful Transition of Family Wealth and Values, Roy Williams & Vic Preisser (2010)
    Preparing Your Family Business for Strategic Change, Craig E. Aronoff & John L. Ward (2010)
    Preparing Your Family to Manage Wealth: A Comprehensive Guide to Estate and Succession Planning, and to Building a Family Team, Roy O. Williams (1992)
    Reconciling Relationships and Preserving the Family Business: Tools for Success, Ruth Mcclendon & Leslie B. Kadis (2004)
    Succeeding Generations: Realizing the Dream of Families in Business, Ivan Lansberg (1999)
    Succession Planning For the Family Owned Business, Mike Fager & David McKinney (2007)
    Succession Planning Toolkit: Leveraging a Life's Work, Stephen J. McIntyre-Smith (2005)
    The Family Business Succession Handbook, Mark Fischetti, Editor (1997)
    The Second-Generation Boss: A Successor's Guide to Becoming the Next Owner-Manager of a Successful Family Business, Donald J. Jonovic (1982)
    Transgenerational Entrepreneurship: Exploring Growth and Performance in Family Firms Across Generations, Edited by Mattias Nordqvist & Thomas M. Zellweger (2010)

  • Getting Along in Family Business: The Relationship Intelligence Handbook, Edwin A. Hoover & Colette Lambard Hoover (1999)
    The Dynamics of Family Business: Building Trust and Resolving Conflict, Kenneth Kaye (2005)
    The Family Business Conflict Resolution Handbook, Barbara Spector, Editor (2003)
    This Business of Family: Preventing and Resolving Disputes in Family-Owned Businesses, Dennis Dwyer (2009)
    Working With the Ones You Love: Strategies For A Successful Family Business, Dennis T. Jaffe (1990)

  • Building A Successful Family Business Board: A Guide for Leaders, Directors, and Families, Jennifer M. Pendergast, John L. Ward, & Stephanie Brun de Pontet (2011)
    Creating Effective Boards for Private Enterprises: Meeting the Challenges of Continuity and Competition, John L. Ward (1991)
    Family Business Governance: Maximizing Family and Business Potential, Craig E. Aronoff & John L. Ward (2010)
    Family Meetings: How to Build a Stronger Family and a Stronger Business, 2nd Edition, Craig E. Aronoff & John L. Ward (2010)?
    Outside Directors in the Family Owned Business: Why, When, Who and How, Leon A. Danco (1983)
    The Family Business: Its Governance for Sustainability, Fred Neubauer & Alden G. Lank  (1998)
    The Family Constitution: Agreements to Secure and Perpetuate Your Family and Your Business, Daniela Montemerlo & John L. Ward (2010)

  • FBCG - More Than Family: Non-Family Executives in the Family Business, Craig E. Aronoff & John L. Ward (2010)
    FBCG - Working for a Family Business: A Non-Family Employee's Guide to Success, Christopher J. Eckrich & Stephen L. McClure (2010)
    Outside Directors in the Family Owned Business, Leon A. Danco & Donald J. Jonovic (1981)

  • FBCG - Family Business Compensation (2nd Ed), Craig E. Aronoff, John L. Ward, & Stephan L. McClure (2009)
    The Family Business Compensation Handbook, Barbara Spector, Editor (2001)

  • Generations of Giving: Leadership and Continuity in Family Foundations, Kelin E. Gersick (Author); Michelle Desjardins, Deanne Stone, Katherine Grady, & Howard Muson (Contributors) (2006)
    Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy, Paul Brest & Hal Harvey (2008)
    Philanthropy Heirs and Values: How Successful Families Are Using Philanthropy to Prepare Their Heirs for Post-transition Responsibilities, Roy Williams & Vic Preisser (2010)

  • A Woman's Place: The Crucial Roles of Women in Family Business, Ann M. Dugan, Sharon P. Krone, Kelly LeCouvie, Jennifer M. Pendergast , Denise H. Kenyon-Rouvinez, & Amy M. Schuman (2008)
    From the Other Side of the Bed: A Woman Looks at Life in the Family Business, Katharine L. Danco (1981)
    Women in Family Business Leadership Roles: Daughters on the Stage, Mary Barrett & Ken Moores (2009)
    Women in Family Business: What Keeps You up at Night? Patricia M. Annino J.D., Thomas D. Davidow Ed.D, & Cynthia Adams Harrison Ed.D (Authors); Lisbeth Davidow Ed.M (Editor) (2009)

  • Centuries of Success: Lessons from the World's Most Enduring Family Business, William T. O'Hara (2003)
    Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses, David S. Landes (2007)
    Einstein's Business: Engaging Soul, Imagination, and Excellence in the Workplace, Dawson Church, Editor (2007)
    Genius of Guinness: The Enduring Legacy of an Irish Dynasty, Michele Guinness (2005)
    Growing Up Guggenheim: A Personal History of Family Enterprise, Peter Lawson-Johnston (2006)
    In the Blood: Battles to Succeed in Canada's Family Businesses, Gordon Pitts (2000)
    Running Tough: The Story of Vancouver's Jack Diamond, Gareth Sirotnick (1988)
    Succession Stories from the Front Line: Insights and Advice for Canadian Business Owners, Sarah Kruger & Sean Foran (2008)
    The Guggenheims: A Family History, Irwin Unger and Debi Unger (2005)
    The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, Julia Flynn Siller (2008)
    The House That Jam Built, Llewellyn S. Smith with Phyllis Cowan (1995)
    The House the Rockefellers Built: A Tale of Money, Taste, and Power in Twentieth-Century America, Robert F. Dalzell Jr. & Lee Baldwin Dalzell (2008)
    The Life and Times of G. Cecil Morrison: The Happy Baker of Ottawa : An Autobiography : the Reminiscences, G. Cecil Morrison (Author); Reginald B. Hale, Grete Hale, & Jenny Wilson (Contributors) (1990)
    The Rothschilds: A European Family, N. Brewer Boydell, Author; Georg Heuberger, Editor (1994)
    The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life, Alice Schroeder (2009)
    Thorntons: My Life in the Family Business, Peter Thorntons (2009)
    Tong: The Story of Tong Louie, Vancouver's Quiet Titan, Ernest G. Perrault (2002)

  • Advising Families on Succession Planning: The High Price of Not Talking, Ian M. Hull (2005)
    Best of the Family Business Advisor, Melissa Shanker, Editor (2000)
    Business Families and Family Businesses: The STEP Handbook for Advisers, Ian Macdonald & Jonathan Sutton (2009)#
    Consulting to Family Businesses: A Practical Guide to Contracting, Assessment, and Implementation, Jane Hilburt-Davis & W. Gibb Dyer, Jr. (2003)
    Handbook of Family Business and Family Business Consultation: A Global Perspective, Florence W. Kaslow, Editor (2006)
    How to Choose and Use Advisors: Getting the Best Professional Family Business Advice, Craig E. Aronoff & John L. Ward (2010)
    On the Shoulders of Atlas: A story about transitioning a Family-Owned Business, Susan Latremoille & Peter Creaghan, with Frank Archibald, Linda Betts, Arnie Cader, Sheila Crummery, Tony Ianni, Steve Landau, Ron Prehogan, & Pearl Schusheim (2010)
    Working With Family Business: A Guide for Professionals, David Bork, Dennis T. Jaffe, & Sam H. Lane (1995)

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