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Pramodita Sharma and Rocki-Lee DeWitt

Established in 1937 as a celery re-packager in Boston, today State Garden Inc. is a leading supplier of organic prewashed salad greens to grocery stores in Eastern USA. Financial prudence and patient reinvestments to enhance quality and safety, combined with the DeMichaelis family ethos of integrity, dogged work ethic, and authentic stakeholder cultivation, lie at the epicenter of success of this third-generation family business. While the entrepreneurial ‘itch’ remained a constant in the eight decades of this company’s existence, the market opportunities related to ecologically-sustainable organic produce emerged via the social networks developed over generations. This family of attentive innovators regularly finds itself in the right place at the right time with the right leadership to act upon opportunities presented by societal changes.

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Rocki-Lee DeWitt, Nunzia Auletta, Maria José Parada, Mohar Yusof and Pramodita Sharma

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Edited by Pramodita Sharma, Nunzia Auletta, Rocki-Lee DeWitt, Maria Jose Parada and Mohar Yusof

This illustrative book considers the interface of business structures, contexts, and leadership building blocks to explore the contingent nature of leadership development in transgenerational entrepreneurship. Longitudinal case studies of 27 family firms in nine different countries provide a rich, global selection of leadership development insights by examining the role of values, professionalization, leadership style and other contingent factors.