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How Franchisors Can Short Circuit Independent Franchisee Associations

Benjamin Lawrence
Prof. Benjamin Lawrence

Benjamin Lawrence, assistant professor of food and beverage management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration speaks about how franchisors can short circuit independent franchisee associations from fully developing.

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NFL Franchisees Pay Their Commissioner Well

FootballWhen franchisees direct things, they can pay their chief well. Take for example, the National Football League, where billionaire franchisees hire a commissioner to police the teams on behalf of the collective franchisees and to build value to the NFL brand. Their current commissioner is Roger Goodell.

Jamba Juice CEO White to Leave

James D. White. Photo:Jamba

EMERYVILLE, Calif.—Juice store franchisor Jamba Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA) announced Thursday that 54-year-old James D. White, who is the company's chairman, CEO and president, will be leaving the company.

Famous Dave’s Hopes Cornbread, Larger Portions, Will Help Turn Around Plummeting Sales

Famous Dave's
Cornbread muffins. Photo by Steve A Johnson

MINNEAPOLIS – Faced with falling investor confidence, Famous Dave's of America Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE) explains that it hopes to turn things around by serving larger food portions, reintroducing cornbread muffins and developing new leadership.

Franchisees Trust Co-ops and Democracy More

ITHACA, N.Y. — In this final piece of a two-part series, Benjamin Lawrence, assistant professor of food and beverage management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, surmises that franchisee associations must support their members' right to assemble and speak, that cooperatives are great instruments for franchise systems, and that democratically elected leaders are important in incorporating sub-groups.

Court Grants KFC Franchisees Final Authority on Advertising

LOUISVILLE, KY – A Delaware court handed down its final order today granting judgment to the National Council and Advertising Cooperative (NCAC), stating KFC Corporation does not have the sole authority over advertising. 

KFC Franchisees Win Flap over Ad Control!

Thinking of KFC while playing with an iPhone app: fried, not grilled. photo/InCase

LOUISVILLE, KY – A Delaware court has ruled in favor of franchisees and their advertising cooperative against KFC Corporation.

Vantage Hospitality CEO Says Let Franchisees Elect Advisory Council Members, Grade Franchisor

ABVI Selma, AL
Americas Best Value Inn at Selma, Alabama, photo/vantage