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Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family: Great German Novel or Great Family Business Story?

Abstract

The case looks at Thomas Mann's fiction novel Buddenbrooks and traces the family business trajectory of the family at the center of the novel. Many family business issues are raised, including succession, intermingling of family and business money, supporting adult offspring, and competition.

Is the saying "from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves" inevitable in a multi-generation family business?

Type

Case

Author(s)

John L. Ward, CarolAdler Zsolnay

Date Published

Citations

Ward, L. John, and CarolAdler Zsolnay. Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family: Great German Novel or Great Family Business Story?. Case 7-404-750 (KEL284).

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