Book Review: ‘Beyond Three Generations’ by Navas Meeran, MSA Kumar, Firoz Meeran & George Skaria

Unveiling the Blueprint for Lasting Family Enterprises

Book Title: Beyond Three Generations – The Definitive Guide to Building Enduring Indian Family Businesses
Author(s): Navas Meeran, MSA Kumar, Firoz Meeran & George Skaria
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Number of Pages: 244
ISBN: 978-9356998353
Date Published: Jan. 6, 2024
Price: INR 431

Beyond Three Generations by Navas Meeran, MSA Kumar, Firoz Meeran & George Skaria Book Cover

Book Review

In the world of business books, where success tales sometimes overwhelm the obstacles and complexities of family-owned businesses, “Beyond Three Generations: The Definitive Guide to Building Enduring Indian Family Businesses” stands out as a light of practical insight. This book, written by two entrepreneurs, a family business consultant, and a senior journalist, delves deeply into the intriguing world of multigenerational family businesses, providing useful insights garnered from twelve varied organizations across industries.

With a particular emphasis on micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the writers methodically explore the adventures of well-known organizations such as Aravind Eye Care System, Bhima Jewellers, and Dodla Dairy, among others. Despite their diverse histories and sectors, these companies share a similar thread of endurance and strategic acumen that has driven them to success throughout generations.

The book explores the growth of family businesses, family relationships, and corporate management. It provides expert analysis, anecdotal wisdom, and practical advice on governance, succession planning, and professionalization. The book is divided into thirteen chapters, covering themes like mentality and strategy, global expansion, and value generation. Each chapter includes professional comments from management expert M. S. A. Kumar, providing depth and perspective. The cover page is attractive.

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Ultimately, “Beyond Three Generations” emerges as an indispensable resource for prospective entrepreneurs, seasoned business executives, and students alike. The book provides a thorough path for creating long-term family enterprises in India and elsewhere by combining practical guidance, real-life experiences, and scholarly research. Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or an experienced professional, this book is a must-read for everyone interested in the complex world of family-owned businesses.

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