Making the Parallel Family and Business Planning Process Work

  • Randel S. Carlock
  • John L. Ward
Part of the A Family Business Publication book series (AFBP)


All organizations need planning to survive, grow, and sustain themselves. Businesses are forced to plan by competitive pressures, customers, suppliers, taxes, banks, joint ventures, or acquisitions. Businesses can plan reactively by making changes based on competition, adaptively by making changes based on the market or environment, or strategically by anticipating competitive and environmental forces. All businesses have some form of planning whether it is formally documented and implemented, or informal and reactive on a day-to-day basis. Planning is recognized as an important driver of business success.


Planning Process Family Firm Parallel Planning Family Business Business Strategy 
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© Randel S. Carlock and John L. Ward 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Randel S. Carlock
    • 1
  • John L. Ward
    • 2
  1. 1.Wendel International Centre for Family EnterpriseINSEADFrance
  2. 2.Center for Family Enterprises, Kellogg School of ManagementNorthwestern UniversityUSA

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