SAGE Business Cases Family Business Series

In 2018, SAGE Business Cases will be launching Family Business, a new teaching case series within SAGE Business Cases. This series will launch with approximately 16 cases and teaching notes and will continue to grow. This rich and interdisciplinary series is edited by: 

  • Marleen Dieleman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Strategy and Family Business at NUS Business School at the National University of Singapore

SBC Family Business Editor

Marleen Dieleman, Ph.D., National University of Singapore.

“Family businesses are an important source of dynamism in most economies, usually with an entrepreneurial attitude and a passion for the business,” says Dr. Dieleman. “But family firms also face unique challenges related to the combination of family and business, including succession, professionalization and legacy-building across generations. This case series brings out these challenges and successes with examples from all continents, and provides a rich source of teaching material for educators.”

SAGE has received great interest since the original call for submissions and our editorial team is working with a number of authors to develop cases that will publish over the next year. Titles from our initial collection:

Rebar Group: A Chinese Family Business Turned Criminal, Kuan Cheng Chen, University of Manchester
“It Used to be a Family Company Until I Joined My Husband in It”: Professionalizing a First-Generation Family Business, Mary Barrett and Ken Moores, University of Wollongong
Strategy and the Sibling Partnership: The Tan Group from Indonesia, Marleen Dieleman, National University of Singapore
Taming My Father, Andrea L. Santiago, Asian Institute of Management
Trevor Family Business Compensation Framework: Is It Fair?, Andrea L. Santiago, Asian Institute of Management
Now What? Now Who? A Mexican Small Family Business in Transition, Luis Jimenez-Castillo, Universidad Panamericana
Moore Oil: Exit Options for a Multi-Family, Multi-Generational Small Business, Karen Pellegrin, University of Hawaii at Hilo
Managing Strategic Change in Family Business: The Case of Glopac Chemical, Alfredo De Massis, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
K.N. Kordonis & Co. S.A.: Are We All on the Same Page for Survival?, George S. Vozikis, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Morgan Construction Company: Managing Five Generations of Family Ownership, Chickery Kasouf, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Managing to Sell but Failing to Communicate: The Case of the Family Behind Dow Jones, Peter Jaskiewicz, University of Ottawa
Aurobindo Pharma: Gearing up for the Future, Kavil Ramachandran, Indian School of Business
John Nurminen Family: Ownership Strategy Enabling Business Portfolio Development, Marita Rautiainen, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Consumer Goods Company: A Woman Sailing for Success, Josiane Fahed-Sreih, Lebanese American University
The Business Tycoon Robert Aston: The Rise and Fall of a Family Empire, Josiane Fahed-Sreih, Lebanese American University
Mehta Engineering: An Indian Family Business Coping with Growth Through the Third Generation, Hitesh Shukla, Saurashtra University 

The cases in this series span countries and cultures and highlight the varied challenges faced by family businesses across a range of different contexts. These cases will provide students and faculty with up-to-the-minute impactful cases that truly work to prepare tomorrow’s business leaders. 

Editor Bio:

Marleen Dieleman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Strategy and Family Business at NUS Business School at the National University of Singapore. 

Dr. Dieleman’s research focuses on the strategy and governance of Asian family business groups. She has published widely, including academic articles, books, chapters, and cases. Her work has often been quoted in international media, such as Financial Times, and she is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader.

Dieleman teaches strategy and family business in BBA, MBA, and executive education programs. Marleen won the Outstanding Educator Award and the NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award three times in a row and was placed on the NUS honor roll for sustained teaching excellence for 2017-2022.

Dr. Dieleman enjoys interacting with business owners and corporate boards, and has a particular interest in maritime and commodity-related sectors. She worked closely with Asian family firms as a consultant and board member.

Call for Papers

Partner with SAGE to develop your FAMILY BUSINESS teaching case. For further details on submissions,

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SAGE Publishing continues to grow its global case collection, SAGE Business Cases, in particular in key areas we care deeply about, such as the rich and interdisciplinary topic of family-run enterprise.

SAGE is pleased to offer case authors:

  • Double-blind peer review of your case and teaching notes
  • A thorough editorial process, working to develop your ideas and prepare cases for successful publication
  • Freedom to include your students in the case research and writing process
  • Copyright in your name and final PDF for ease of use in your classroom
  • Payment when your case is published
  • An international audience for your work

Have you written a case that you currently use in your classroom? Do you have an idea or a rough draft of a case? Bring it to SAGE and we’ll work with you to develop your idea and ready it for the global classroom.


  • We look for cases between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
  • Please include discussion questions and teaching notes.
  • Guidelines and templates may be found here
  • Manuscripts are accepted through our ScholarOne portal
  • Authors receive decisions within 6-8 weeks of submission.

For questions and sample cases, contact: Rachel Taliaferro, Editor,

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