© 2007

Father to Son

The Mediation of Family Firm Succession Conflict


Part of the Edition KWV book series (EKWV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Hans-Georg Berkel
    Pages 1-10
  3. Hans-Georg Berkel
    Pages 11-42
  4. Hans-Georg Berkel
    Pages 43-78
  5. Hans-Georg Berkel
    Pages 79-116
  6. Hans-Georg Berkel
    Pages 117-119
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 121-152

About this book


Family firm research has shown that the cooperative resolution of conflict between the incumbent entrepreneur and his successor is crucial for the survival of the family firm. Dispute resolution research suggests that a third party acting as mediator can provide valuable support to their efforts. Father to Son synthesizes insights from both lines of research to propose when, and how, mediation can contribute to the resolution of family firm succession conflicts. It offers a clear framework to guide family firm members, as well as their advisors, through the succession process.


Succession Conflict Role Dilemma Third Party Intervention Conflict Resolution Mediation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Negotiation ConsultingFreisingGermany

About the authors

Attorney Dr. Georg Berkel specializes in the negotiation process. Previously he worked for Siemens in Germany and Israel. Dr. Berkel has been practicing and teaching negotiations in more than 20 countries. He earned an MBA at IESE and a Ph.D. at the University of St. Gallen. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Munich, regular visiting scholar at the Kellogg School of Management, and professor at IUBH. Visit for more information.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Father to Son
  • Book Subtitle The Mediation of Family Firm Succession Conflict
  • Authors Hans-Georg Berkel
  • Series Title Edition KWV
  • Series Abbreviated Title Edition KWV
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-658-24343-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-658-24344-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 152
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published by Kölner Wissenschaftsverlag, Köln, 2007
  • Topics Business Strategy/Leadership
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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