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Case Summary

Clemens Family Corporation (A): The Struggle from Family First to Business First

Case Number: 5-104-012(A), Year Published: 2004

HBS Number: KEL115

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Authors: John Ward; Christina N Goletz

Key Concepts

Family Business, Organizational Change, Family Owner's Council, Governance, Company / Board Reorganization, Succession Planning


Case A shows how a regional family company, threatened by national competition, needs to make changes to its structure and way of doing business or face extinction or sale. Case B shows the steps the business takes to make it succeed, including restructuring that involves eliminating long-time family managers and planning for succession. Case C shows post-transition successes and areas that still need work.

Number of Pages: 12

Extended Case Information

Teaching Areas: Family Business

Geographic: Eastern US

Industry: Meat Packing

Organization Name: Clemens Family Corporation

Organization Department: Owners and Directors

Organization Size: Medium

Decision Maker Position: Company President, CEO, Chairman

Decision Maker Gender: Male

Year of Case: 1999