Franchising manifests a bundle of risks created by the delegation of functions as both franchisor and franchisee exploit their respective comparative advantage. The galvanization of this advantage is governed by the franchise agreement and optimized by the effectiveness of the governance structure. This chapter considers the concept of risk and discusses its implications in valuing franchisee-operated businesses. It examines how risks arise, where they congregate and synthesizes the specific franchising issues relating to risk-adjusted cashflows, risk analysis, risk mitigation, and risk pricing. The authors propose that risks in franchising are multi-layered and hierarchical. Consequently, this relationship is represented in a Franchise Risk Ecology (FRE) comprising risks inherent in the market, the franchisor, the system, the industry, and within the franchisee-operated business.
Roussety, M., Frazer, L., Weaven, S. and Thaichon, P. (2020), "Franchise Risk Ecology: A Risk Ecology for Analyzing, Mitigating, and Pricing Franchisee-contracted Risks", Ratten, V. (Ed.) Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 117-131. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-83909-285-520201009Download as .RIS
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