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Dennis Jaffe
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Occupation relative to family business
Family Business Advisor, Educator/Researcher
Area of Expertise
Behavioral Science, Management
With what family business organizations are you affiliated (e.g., FFI, FBN, IFERA, FERC, CAFE, IFB)?
Family Firm Institute, Collaboration for Family Flourishing, STEP, NACD

Dennis Jaffe's Blog

Introduction to This Month's Family Office Blogs

A year ago I edited a series of blogs on multi-generational families of wealth and family offices. Those blogs were mostly introductory and defined the territory and the needs. This year, much has happened. The world of wealth is in turmoil, and the domain of family wealth management services, including family offices, is in deep transition. The blogs in this year's series are thoughtful and cutting edge, with leading experts in the field offering assessments, key concepts and surveying the… Continue

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 10:15am

Why A Family Needs Family Governance Across Generations

Generational transitions are a deep challenge for a family not just with a family business but who own any sort of shared assets. Of course, any sort of enterprise faces difficulty when it gets to be 20 or 30 years old—it matures, faces new competition, or declines.  It needs fresh and new leadership. 

But for family owners the challenge has another facet. The owners of a public company are strangers—their personal bonds are not a factor in making decisions. They sell their shares if…


Posted on August 26, 2011 at 10:08am

Introduction to October Newsletter: The Complexity of the Sustainable Family Enterprise

The old image of the family business as a two-generation, mostly male team working in a profitable business and then going home to their individual family, is only the tip of the iceberg of the real story. The family enterprise, as we have begun to call it, may contain several businesses, or a family foundation, or a family office that invests and takes care of the financial needs of several generations of a family. As generations evolve, if the family’s enterprise continues to grow, the…


Posted on September 1, 2010 at 11:30am

From Family Business to Family Legacy

The world is facing a generational crossroads as trillions of dollars in new wealth generated at the end of the century, is being passed down to the next generation. The elders (and not so elders) who have created this “new” wealth are beginning to confront the question of legacy: What will be the impact of all this wealth on society,…


Posted on August 24, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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At 9:45am on October 8, 2010, Dann Van Der Vliet said…
Dennis, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I will not be at FFI this year. Tight on my budget. We'll just need to get you up to Vermont instead!

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