The Enduring Enterprise

How Family Businesses Thrive in Turbulent Conditions

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By Devin DeCiantis

By Ivan Lansberg

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Family businesses thrive in some of the world's toughest and most daunting market conditions, providing vital lessons for businesses everywhere. 

The bulk of the world’s growth in population and economic activity in the foreseeable future will be generated in the developing world. This is precisely where enterprising families dominate, operating very differently than their peers in more stable and affluent nations. Enterprising families in emerging and frontier markets not only survive but thrive under high-risk conditions, including war, environmental disasters, and more. But developed countries will increasingly experience these types of structural shocks and chronic uncertainties. The question is, what can they do about it?

In The Enduring Enterprise, consultants Ivan Lansberg and Devin DiCiantis bring readers into the lives of these frontier capitalists who rely on traditional family business structures to survive. Drawing on real cases from around the world, they compare and contrast the conditions and cases in developing Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Enduring Enterprise will provide business leaders everywhere with new and unique adaptive strategies to help them face a world of greater uncertainty and volatility.
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Nov 26, 2024
Page Count
352 pages

Devin DeCiantis

About the Author

Devin DeCiantis specializes in the financial, organizational, and strategic aspects of family enterprise. Raised in Toronto, Canada, he holds a Master’s degree from the Kennedy School at Harvard with a focus in finance and economics, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University. He has worked with private and public sector leaders throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and teaches about family enterprise at the Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Ivan Lansberg

About the Author

Ivan Lansberg grew up in an entrepreneurial family in Venezuela. He has consulted with complex family businesses in the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and has made significant contributions to the understanding of family business governance and succession. He was one of the founders of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) and the first editor of its professional journal, the Family Business Review.

After receiving B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, Lansberg taught at the Columbia Graduate School of Business. He became a professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Organization and Management for seven years before going into consulting. His last book, Succeeding Generations and his previous book, Generation to Generation, were both published by Harvard Business School Press and have been widely praised as landmark works.

Lansberg is a frequent speaker at family business programs organized by universities and industry groups. He is on the faculty of Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He and his wife live in Guilford, CT.

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