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SAGE Business Cases: Family Business

In 2018, SAGE Business Cases launched Family Business, a new teaching case series within SAGE Business Cases. 

“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.”

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. 

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  • Family Business Series Editor

    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.

    Watch the interview below with Series Editor Marleen Dieleman, Ph.D., to learn more about contributing.  

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

    Partner with SAGE to develop your FAMILY BUSINESS teaching case.

    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 ever gone searching for a suitable case in family business and could not find one? Do you have an idea or a rough case draft? Have you written a family business-related case you currently used in your classroom? Bring it to SAGE and we’ll work with you to develop your idea. We also encourage students to work alongside you as case writing enables students to apply theory to real-world situations, and they benefit from co- publication credits.

    Suggested topics include:

    -Disruptive change in family business 

    - Family firm constitutions

    - Family trusts and family offices

    - Outside CEOs in family businesses

    - Minority shareholder rights in family firms

    - Values, culture and identity in family business

    - Philanthropy by business families

    - Alliances and Joint Ventures

    - Wealth management in business families

    The topics above are merely an illustration. We encourage authors to consider issues outside of succession in family firms and to explore topics related to family business from various industries, geographical areas and diverse business subdisciplines. We are also welcoming teaching cases that explore not only successful enterprises, but also those that provide opportunities to learn from failures.

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: August 1, 2021 (for January 2022 publication)

    - We look for cases between 1,000 and 5,000 words.

    - Please include discussion questions and teaching notes.

    - Authors receive decisions within 6-8 weeks of submission.

    - Manuscripts are accepted through our ScholarOne portal.

    - Submissions guidelines and templates are available on the author resources page.

    View author resources

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

  • Cases from the Family Business Series

"It Used to Be a Family Company Until I Joined My Husband in It": Professionalizing a First-Generation Family Business
Agrawal Textile Confines Kalani Textile: Hostile Takeover of Indian Family Business
American Egg: Making Family Dividend
Aurobindo Pharma: Gearing Up for the Future
Bringing Professional Culture to a Family-Run Business
Balancing Family and Business Outcomes: The Case of the Controversial Niece
Conflicts and Resolutions: Continuing a Generational Family Business in Ipoh, Malaysia
Consumer Goods Company: A Woman Sailing for Success
Danfoss in China: How Family-Owned Danfoss Turned China Into Their Second “Home-Market”
Developing a Family Constitution: Family Governance Structure
Dhabriya Industries: Creating a New Road Map for the Future
Dividing the Family Business: Lessons From the Hiranandani Group
Family Business: Handling Unplanned Succession
Founder's Dilemma: Ask Son to Join Family Business or Allow Him to Pursue His Dream?
Interior Craftsmanship Inc.: Redirecting a Small Business for a New Generation
Jaipur Rugs in Transition
John Nurminen Family: Ownership Strategy Enabling Business Portfolio Development
K.N. Kordonis & Co. S.A.: Are We All on the Same Page for Survival?
Knowledge Transfer Strategy at a Family-Owned Multinational: The Case of Embal Inc.
La Marmotte
Ledesma’s Furniture Shop: Conversations or Confrontations
Louwman Group: Passion to Move People
Managing Expectations and Stakeholders: Harsh Ahuja’s Family Dilemma
Managing Strategic Change in Family Business: The Case of Glopac Chemical
Managing to Sell but Failing to Communicate: The Case of the Family Behind Dow Joness
Mehta Engineering: An Indian Family Business Coping With Growth Through the Third Generation
Moore Oil: Exit Options for a Multi-Family, Multi-Generational Small Business
Morgan Construction Company: Managing Five Generations of Family Ownership
Moving From Family Control to Business Recovery: The Buyout of FRAM by Karavel
National Dyeing and Bleaching Works: Scaling Up Challenges and Intergenerational Tensions
Navigating the Entry of the Next Generation
Neoglory: A Business of a Family, a Family for All
Next Generation Succession: Take Over or Leave VDC Dairy Farm?
Now What? Now Who? A Mexican Small Family Business in Transition
Otsuka Kagu: The Virtues of Being Modern
Quadratics Pharma: Understanding Family Challenges in Businesses
Rebar Group: A Chinese Family Business Turned Criminal
Reviving Eu Yan Sang
Santo Broadcasting Company: Moving Forward or Held Back in Time
Stone Builders for Construction: Thirty Grandchildren, One Business
Slim & Healthy: A Successful Entrepreneurial Venture
Strategy and the Sibling Partnership: The Tan Group from Indonesia
Succession and Family Structure: Untangling Legacies Through Genogram Research
Succession at Hiap Hoe Ltd.: Love and Fairness
Sunil Kapoor at SK Industries: Managing Family Businesses
Taming My Father
The Bazán Family Business: Challenges for Continuing the Family Legacy
The Business Tycoon, Robert Aston: The Rise and Fall of a Family Empire
The Emami Mission to the Next Orbit
The Evergreen Group: Spreading Its Wings
The Korean Restaurant: A Services Marketing Failure?
The Prince’s Tests: Can He Really Be the King? The Case of Taiwan’s Ting Hsin Group
The Survival Battle of the Deccan Chronicle
The Transition of an Indian Family Business From Second to Third Generation: A Case of Growth, Polarization, and Emergent Leaders
Trevor Family-Business Compensation Framework: Is It Fair?
Usha Martin: Surviving a Perfect Storm
Yanson Group of Bus Companies: A Family Business Torn Apart
YTL: The Role of Family Values in the Business
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