Academic journal article Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

Family Feud at John Blaine Trucking Company, Inc

Academic journal article Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

Family Feud at John Blaine Trucking Company, Inc

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CASE DESCRIPTION

The primary subject matter of this case concerns family business estate and succession planning for a small oilfield trucking company. Secondary issues examined include sibling rivalry, conflict management, and the integration of family counseling theory into family business counseling. This case is appropriate for senior and first year graduate students. It is designed to be taught in three class hours and is expected to require three hours of outside preparation by students.

CASE SYNOPSIS

Carolyn Blaine is the recently widowed owner of John Blaine Trucking Company, LLC. She and her deceased husband, Trevor, have five children and two grandchildren between the two of them. The company was founded in 1961 by Trevor's parents and is currently being managed by the third generation son-in-law. Sibling rivalry has been a significant issue since the two married (a second marriage for both of them). The case opens with Carolyn expressing both anger and heartbreak caused by Trevor 's death. In a dream sequence Carolyn shows how Trevor's failure to adequately address estate and succession planning, even though he knew he had cancer and was not going to recover, has left her a nightmare situation to deal with. …

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