SAGE Business Cases: Family Business Series

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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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The Family Business series is edited by: 

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  • 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
    • $500 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:

    • Innovation in family businesses
    • Internationalization of family businesses
    • Family business exit
    • Family firm constitutions
    • Family trusts, foundations, and family offices
    • Strategic entrepreneurship in family businesses
    • Socioemotional wealth in family firms
    • Succession and professionalization
    • Outside CEOs in family businesses
    • Minority shareholder rights in family firms
    • Values, culture and identity in family business
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Alliances and Joint Ventures
    • Transformation of the family business
    • Wealth management in business families
    • Conflict 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, 2020 (for January 2021 publication)

    • 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,

    Cases from the Family Business Series

    Click a title to view the case:

    "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
    Aurobindo Pharma: Gearing Up for the Future
    Balancing Family and Business Outcomes: The Case of the Controversial Niece
    Consumer Goods Company: A Woman Sailing for Success
    Danfoss in China: How Family-Owned Danfoss Turned China Into Their Second “Home-Market”
    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
    Louwman Group: Passion to Move People
    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
    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
    Rebar Group: A Chinese Family Business Turned Criminal
    Reviving Eu Yan Sang
    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
    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 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

    SBC Family Business Series: Looking Forward

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