Background Note | HBS Case Collection | August 2006 (Revised July 2007)

Governance of the Business Family

by John A. Davis


Explains the purposes, processes, standards, plans, and agreements that together help to govern (or steer) a family that owns a family business.

Keywords: Family Business; Corporate Governance; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Family Ownership;


Davis, John A. "Governance of the Business Family." Harvard Business School Background Note 807-020, August 2006. (Revised July 2007.)