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Ownership structure and corporate governance code: The case of family business enterprises in Germany

: Weissenberger-Eibl, Marion A.; Spieth, Patrick


Corporate ownership & control 6 (2009), Nr.4, S.382-390
ISSN: 1727-9232
ISSN: 1810-3057
Fraunhofer ISI ()
family business enterprises; German corporate governance code; ownership structure

Ownership of corporations in Germany is today highly concentrated in the hands of families and other companies. Theses 'insider' systems often result in core conflict tends to be between controlling shareholders and sometimes between strong stakeholders and weak minority shareholders. The aim of this paper is to research the characteristics of ownership and control in family business and point out the role of Family Business Governance in securing an appropriate control of the owning families. The authors give suggestions how to implement the German Governance Code recommendations in family businesses.