Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2001 (Revised November 2001)

Blethen Family and the Seattle Times Company (A), The

by John A. Davis and Cathy Quinn


Frank Blethen, the fourth-generation publisher of The Seattle Times, ponders the challenges facing this family business. This case reviews the long history of this business and family and asks whether family ownership and management are in the interests of both the company and family.

Keywords: History; Management; Business or Company Management; Family Business; Family and Family Relationships; Family Ownership; Problems and Challenges; Journalism and News Industry; Media and Broadcasting Industry;


Davis, John A., and Cathy Quinn. "Blethen Family and the Seattle Times Company (A), The." Harvard Business School Case 802-096, October 2001. (Revised November 2001.)