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Family-owned businesses: towards a model of succession planning in Malaysia

Abdullah, Moha Asri and Abdul Hamid, Zarinah and Hashim, Junaidah (2011) Family-owned businesses: towards a model of succession planning in Malaysia. International Review of Business Research Papers, 7 (1). pp. 251-264. ISSN 1832-9543 (O), 1837-5685 (P)

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Succession planning for businesses is highly essential. The essence of succession planning is crucial especially among small and medium businesses as they cannot afford to withstand various major setbacks for continuity and sustainability in developing and developed countries alike. Malaysia is not exceptional to this. This present paper focuses on succession planning in family-owned retailing and manufacturing businesses of East Cost Economic Region (ECER) in Malaysia. This paper attempts to delineate three succession issues in family business i.e., succession dilemma, successor attributes and succession plan. This paper argues that to a certain extent, SME owners face some dilemmas while various factors such as business challenges, managerial capabilities, trustworthiness, loyalty, flexibility etc. are related to succession attributes. The findings generally indicate that the respondents agree to adopt succession planning in their businesses even though only half of them have succession planning. A positive relationship among succession planning, successor attributes and succession dilemma is derived based on a correlation analysis. The succession planning model is established with successor attributes and succession dilemma as the determinants for succession planning.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5010/3244
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family-owned business, succession dilemma, attributes and planning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business. Business Administration > HF5381 Vocational guidance. Career development
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Economics
Depositing User: Dr. Zarinah Hamid
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 16:04
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 09:26
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/3244

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