Family Business Recommends

Our publishers and editors have hand selected the following books for you to consider adding to your library. Happy reading.

Thomas M. Bloch
Does the very thought of preparing your own taxes give you a headache? Get to know the man who is responsible for helping more than 20 million taxpayers with this dreaded annual burden.
 
Henry Bloch is America's tax man. He and his brother Richard pioneered the commercial tax preparation industry, and the two tycoons built the world-leading firm that has prepared over 500 million returns, H&R Block. But Henry's life deserves to be studied for another reason: His remarkable entrepreneurial philosophy and extraordinary humanitarianism will have a lasting impact on generations.
Thomas Zellweger

 

'Zellweger has written a wide-ranging, thorough and very readable examination of the family business. His discussions of governance, succession planning, financial management, and conflict resolution draw on over 40 years of research, with relevant case studies that provoke discussion and reflection. His overview of cultural differences in families and in family businesses shows his grounded perspective. This text will provide a strong educational foundation for students and proactive family business owners alike.'
- John A. Davis, Harvard Business School

'One of the top international researchers in the family business field, a celebrated instructor, and a thoughtful practitioner, Thomas Zellweger succeeded in the daunting task of writing a book on family enterprises that appeals to multiple audiences. By carefully identifying the themes that are crucial to family business continuity, and by connecting them through a multidisciplinary approach that is at the same time intellectually deep, practically relevant, and crystal clear, the author does full justice to the complexity of family firms, and to their vital role in our economies and societies.'
- Carlo Salvato, Bocconi University, Italy

This innovative textbook covers the most important challenges facing family businesses. Practice-inspired and research-based, it emphasizes both practice and theory along with concepts, cases and reflection questions to illustrate key topics.

This text discusses the relevance of family firms across the globe, their unique strengths and weaknesses, their governance, strategic management, the succession process, drivers of long-term success and interpersonal dynamics. Taking a holistic and international perspective, the book combines management concepts, research findings, practical examples and case studies to provide a unique source of insight and inspiration for students and practitioners in the most prominent type of business organization in the world.

This textbook's comprehensive coverage of topics and combination of didactical formats makes it ideal for students studying family firms, and a useful reference for professors, advisors, and practitioners as well.

Tom Hubler

 

The Soul of Family Business by Tom Hubler takes readers on a journey through the heart and soul of family business. Using case studies from his more than thirty-five-years as a family business consultant, Hubler explores what it takes to run a successful family business, illustrating how love is the foundation and family values are the secret sauce for success.

The Soul of Family Business covers topics such as the development of a shared vision for the family and for the business, tackling ''speck of dust'' issues, creating individual and organizational strategies to ensure a personally and financially rewarding business, and wealth preparation planning to ensure that family values continue to emphasize a family culture of gratitude, philanthropy and living purposeful lives.

Wayne Rivers

Sloppy business practices, a weak real estate market, and the lingering wake of The Great Recession are enough to put the future of Dobach Mechanical Contracting at stake. The biggest threat the family business faces is change, and the clock’s ticking furiously as far as how much time the family has to adjust before the bank cancels its credit.

William T. O’Hara

Draws on the corporate and management expertise of some of the world's most successful and long-lasting family businesses, including Molsen Brewing, Beretta Firearms, Kikkoman Soy company, and many more.