A hallmark of mediations in family businesses is complexity. This is because the interactions and overlap between the family system and the business system are mutually dependent (and often inherently conflictual).
Accordingly, the family, business and ownership issues are inextricably bound and there generally are multiple stakeholders involved.
To compound the problem, family businesses face many challenges that other organizations don’t have to contend with, such as:
When family businesses go through transitions, be they ownership, leadership, or business strategy, traditional corporate decision making strategies don’t always work. Family dynamics become increasingly important and simmering rivalries can become catalysts to costly stonewalling.