Background Note | HBS Case Collection | July 2001 (Revised September 2001)

Definitions and Typologies of the Family Business

by John A. Davis


Introduces students to the wide variety of family business definitions in literature today. Also reviews prominent typologies of family business systems.

Keywords: Family Business; Body of Literature; System;


Davis, John A. "Definitions and Typologies of the Family Business." Harvard Business School Background Note 802-007, July 2001. (Revised September 2001.)