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Interview with John A Davis on Family Businesses.

May 2007 - By Dr. Nagendra V Chowdary

When the family business needs to grow to survive and the family cannot generate the necessary capital for the business, an insistence on having 100% family ownership can get in the way of growth and the survival of the firm.
— John A Davis
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John A Davis is Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is currently teaching the Entrepreneurial Management course,"Management of the Family Business", which explores the personal, family, career and business issues found in family-owned and -managed companies.

Professor Davis is also the faculty chair for Harvard Business School's Executive Education program,"Families in Business: From Generation to Generation". This one-week program, which is run every November and

March-April, examines the pivotal issues in family-owned companies of management and ownership succession, developing the next generation and governance and leadership of the business and family.

Trained in business management, psychology and economics, Professor Davis earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1982. He has also taught at the University of Southern California and has lectured about family companies in programs at IMD (Switzerland), INCAE (Costa Rica), and at Universidad Adolfo Ibanez and Universidad de los Andes (Chile).

Recognized as one of the world's leading experts and advisors concerning family business and family wealth, Professor Davis consults and speaks globally to family companies on the topics of dynastic success, family and business governance, working with relatives, managing succession, developing the next generation and professionalizing the family business. He is the founder of the Owner Managed Business Institute, an organization that consults globally to family businesses.

Co-author of Generation to Generation: Life Cycles of the Family Business published by Harvard Business School Press, Professor Davis has published on a wide range of topics pertinent to family companies. He also serves on the editorial board of Family Business Review, the leading journal in the field. Prof. Davis is completing a book on the practices of successful family companies. His theories and observations have been cited by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Economist, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Family Business magazine, and many other publications.

Useful for Understanding of:

  • Three-Circle Model of Family Business System
  • Different Phases of Family Business System's Development
  • Women in Family Businesses
  • Performance Metrics for Family Businesses
  • Conflicts in Family Businesses
  • Governance and Leadership in Family Businesses.
Originally Published in Effective Executive, IUP
Effective Executive Reference No. 03M-2007-05-08-06
IBSCDC Reference No. INT0011
Year and Month of Publication May 2007
Keywords John A Davis, Three-circle model of family business system, Different Phases of Family Businesses System's Development, Women in Family Businesses, Performance Metrics for Family Businesses, Conflicts in Family Businesses, Governance and Leadership in Family Businesses

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