Dr. Dennis T. Jaffe, a San Francisco-based advisor to families about family business, governance, wealth and philanthropy, recently completed the working papers "Releasing the Potential of the Rising Generation, and Good Fortune: Building a Hundred Year Family Enterprise," published by Wise Counsel Research, based on his current research with global multi-generational family enterprises.
Dennis helps large, global families manage personal and organizational issues that lead to successful and fulfilling transfer of businesses, wealth, values, commitments and legacies between generations.
Dennis is the author of the new book Borrowed from Your Grandchildren: The Evolution of 100-Year Family Enterprises; as well as Cross-Cultures: How Global Families Negotiate Change Across Generations; and Stewardship of Your Family Enterprise: Developing Responsible Leadership Across Generations, and more than 15 other management books, including Getting Your Organization to Change, Rekindling Commitment, Take This Job and Love it! and From Burnout to Balance. He is the co-creator of the Family Enterprise Assesment Tool (FEAT, The Values Edge, the Transition Curve, and other tools for assessment of family enterprise success.
In 1984 he founded Changeworks Global, a consulting firm in San Francisco, which works with organizations for long-term change to build competitive advantage by unleashing the power of their employees. He was a founder of MemeStreams, which pioneered the use of on-line executive development tools. In 1990-92 he served as Deputy Director of Research for the Macarthur Foundation Network on Healthy Companies. He is emeritus professor of Organizational Systems and Psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco.
He has a B.A. degree in Philosophy, M.A. in Management, and Ph.D. in sociology, all from Yale University, is a licensed psychologist, and is professor emeritus of organizational systems and psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco.
As both an organizational consultant and clinical psychologist, he is one of the architects of the emerging field of family enterprise consulting. He is a faculty advisor to the Cornell Johnson College of Business. As a founding member of the Family Firm Institute, he has served on their board, written frequently for their journal Family Business Review, and was awarded the Richard Beckhard and International Awards for contributions to practice. In 2007 he was Thinker in Residence for S. Australia, helping the region design a strategic plan for the future of their entrepreneurial and family businesses.
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