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August 26, 2009

When a minority family shareholder is forced to sell up, there can be complex emotional forces at play leading to strained relations. The solution lies in open dialogue and a greater understanding of the shareholding structure says Barbara Murray

The positive aspects of the family business ownership model have rightly been given more publicity recently as the failures inherent in the world's financial system have been exposed. Yet it is important families do not get carried away on a wave of self-congratulation – they can learn as much, if not more, from bad practice as from good.

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