Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2010

Bush Brothers & Company

by Lena G. Goldberg and Chad Carr


The chairman and CEO of Bush Brothers grapples with leading and managing changes in strategy, governance and board composition, as well as succession, compensation and ownership issues, as he takes the family owned/family operated business into its fourth generation. As the company faces the prospect of hiring a non-family member to lead it into its second century, chairman and CEO Jim Ethier and the board strive to ensure that the business both remains faithful to the values of its founders and is well-positioned to take on the multiple challenges it faces.

Keywords: Family Business; Change Management; Decision Making; Selection and Staffing; Leading Change; Management Succession; Governing and Advisory Boards; Wages; Values and Beliefs; Growth and Development Strategy;


Goldberg, Lena G., and Chad Carr. "Bush Brothers & Company." Harvard Business School Case 311-052, September 2010.