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What do we know about succession in family businesses? Mapping current knowledge and unexplored territory

Decker, Carolin; Heinrichs, Katharina; Jaskiewicz, Peter and Rau, Sabine B. (2017). What do we know about succession in family businesses? Mapping current knowledge and unexplored territory. In: Kellermanns, Franz and Hoy, Frank eds. The Routledge Companion to Family Business. Routledge, pp. 15–44.

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We review studies on succession in family businesses that have been done since Handler’s (1994) seminal literature review on the topic in an effort to synthesize existing research and outline paths for future studies. We offer three contributions. First, we select succession studies that adhere to established methodological standards. Second, we review these studies based on the perspective that succession is a process comprising five stages across three levels of analysis. Finally, we outline current gaps in our knowledge and ask researchers to adopt a more holistic approach when studying succession.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-138-91911-X, 978-1-138-91911-2
Keywords: succession, family business, transfer of ownership and management, transition, continuity, post-succession performance
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 54473
Depositing User: Carolin Decker-Lange
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 15:00
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