Stefan Kemp holds a PhD from Oxford Brookes University, School of Business. His professional background comprises various international marketing and key-account management occupations in family businesses. He draws experience from strategy consulting and is engaged in research and teaching at the European Business School, Department for Strategy, Organisation and Leadership, European Family Business Center, Prof. Dr. Sabine Klein. His areas of interest are interrelations between economic, sociological, psychological and legal aspects between entrepreneurial families and family firms. Also challenges related to generational transfer and succession planning and family values. He lectures in family business courses, pursues post-doctoral research projects in the family business field and contributes to international research conferences.
The pursuit of financial profit has always been, and will continue to be, the core concern for private sector organisations. There has been an unquestioning acceptance that the maximisation of financial return is the primary driver for all private sector firms regardless of the nature of these firms. This book challenges the simplicity of that assumption.Using empirical research undertaken in a variety of private sector organisations in Germany this book demonstrates that there are differences which reflect the nature of the firm in question. The research compares family and non-family firms and finds significant variations in organisational objectives. The priorities, structure and financial drivers of family firms differ markedly from those of non family firms and, unsurprisingly, strongly reflect the family influence. Yet, the dominant paradigm in current management thinking is centred on public limited companies (PLC) managed by professionals and overseen by a Board of Directors representing the interests of a large number of shareholders. Even here the evidence is that the achievement of maximum return on invested capital is not necessarily the first and only priority.In western economies family firms have significant macroeconomic importance. Taking a differentiated view on private sector organisations matters to practitioners and politicians who must ensure their decisions are being made on the right premises. Researchers may feel invited to interdisciplinary research initiatives that integrate findings from family business research and other academic fields.