Organizing the Family: Family Governance

  • Alexander Koeberle-SchmidEmail author


Family unity is required for a family office to work effectively, and family governance is one of the primary tools for achieving and maintaining a shared sense of familial identity. Key instruments in this effort include: a family constitution and family charter to set out behavioral expectations for family members, both individually and collectively; a program of family activities such as mandatory family gatherings and outings to strengthen the “family glue”; a platform for continuing education among the family members; and mentoring or coaching options to help all members of the family achieve greater personal satisfaction. Interview with Larry Donckers, Family Officer for an American single family office.


  1. Koeberle-Schmid A, Kenyon-Rouvinez D, Poza E (2014) Governance in family enterprises. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, HampshireCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  1. 1.KölnGermany

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