Continuous Development from Steady-State to Critical Disruptions

  • Laura K. C. Seibold
  • Maximilian Lantelme
  • Hermut Kormann


The chapter describes the disruptions which could jeopardize the development or even the longevity of the family owned enterprise. The universe of potential root-causes of disruptions is structured into “mutually exclusive and comprehensively exhaustive” branches from very general areas to ever more detailed causes. Various logical differentiations are applied in order to structure the phenomena. The categories of development are differentiated into alternatives of continuation, merger and disappearance. The general areas are root-causes originated in the environment, the business, the management or the owners. Each of these branches are further detailed. References is made to various research reports analysing the frequency of the downfall of family and non-family enterprises and the respective triggering events. Thus a multi-dimensional analysis of the negative side of a potential company development is provided.


Family business Survival Disruptions Crisis Downfall crisis management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura K. C. Seibold
    • 1
  • Maximilian Lantelme
    • 2
  • Hermut Kormann
    • 1
  1. 1.Zeppelin UniversityFriedrichshafenGermany
  2. 2.Accenture StrategyMunichGermany

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