Family Firms and the "Willing Successor" Problem

Simon C. Parker*

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Abstract

Many family business owners want their offspring to continue the family business after they have retired. However, they may lack willing successors. Drawing on resource-based logic, this paper proposes parental business strategies which enhance the attractiveness of continuation by offspring. These strategies include investment in intangible capital, which is less valuable if offspring sell the firm, and high levels of parental effort. As a by-product, these strategies enhance the financial performance and longevity of those family firms which adopt them, and might help explain the global prevalence of family firms as an organizational form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1241-1259
Number of pages19
JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2016
EventTheories of Family Enterprise Conference - Fort Worth
Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …

Keywords

  • COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
  • BUSINESS SUCCESSION
  • PARENTAL ALTRUISM
  • PERFORMANCE
  • OWNERSHIP
  • RESOURCE
  • ORGANIZATIONS
  • CONSEQUENCES
  • GOVERNANCE
  • INERTIA

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