ISBN 9781591394150,Managing for the Long Run Lessons in Competitive Advantage from Great Family Businesses

Managing for the Long Run Lessons in Competitive Advantage from Great Family Businesses



Harvard Universal Press

Publication Year 2005

ISBN 9781591394150

ISBN-10 1591394155


Number of Pages 384 Pages
Language (English)

Business strategy

Emulating the Success Strategies of Enduring Family Businesses

Fidelity, Hallmark, Michelin, and Wal-Mart are renowned industry powerhouses with long leadership track records. Yet these celebrated companies are united by another factor not generally equated with competitive success: They are all family-controlled businesses.

While many view the hallmarks of family businesses-stable strategies, clan cultures, and unencumbered family ownership-as weaknesses, Danny Miller and Isabelle Le Breton-Miller argue that it is these very characteristics that create formidable competitive advantages for many such firms.

Managing for the Long Run draws from a worldwide study of enduring, family-run organizations-including Cargill, Timken, L.L. Bean, The New York Times, and IKEA-to reveal their unconventional success strategies and how these strategies can be adopted and applied in any organization. Miller and Le Breton-Miller show how four driving passions of family-run firms-command, continuity, community, and connection-give rise to a set of practices that defy modern management thinking yet ensure a company's long term competitive advantage.

Outlining how these practices can enhance strategic efforts from operations to brand leadership to innovation, this book shows what every company must do to manage for the long run