"Don't You Want To Come Work With Daddy?"

The last thing I wanted was to take over my dying father's company. Now it's my life

In 1983, Lisa Bergson, a former Business Week editor, took the helm of her dying father's old-line manufacturing company in Warrington, Pa., outside Philadelphia. For years, she had wanted nothing to do with the business. She knew little about his industry and cared less, and her secretive father had kept the company's operations a mystery anyway. Yet when duty called, Bergson, like many a business owner's family member, plunged in--and stayed. Here's the story of how one neophyte took over a company--and what happens when the owner makes no plans for how it would survive after he was gone.

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