Purpose of the paper: The work aims to discover most recalled meta-topics that are considered crucial in a successful family trans-generational passage. In particular, we have stressed the perspective of young generations during the transition. Methodology: We did a content analysis on qualitative data gathered through interviews. We have studied the succession histories of four family firms, which were reconstructed thanks to a multi-angle comparison which couples the younger and older generation’s comments. Results: The common patterns that emerged suggest four main components on which heirs focus their attention during a succession, namely: interest in the business, governing the consensus, management of family identity, and personal power. Each topic is a milestone on a young leader’s path to head of the family firm and a focal point on which focus the attention. Limits: Our sample is limited and contains only male-to-male successions. Hence, our results should be careful handled in making generalizations. Practical implications: Keeping in mind which should be areas of interest to gain legitimacy and reassure family members and business stakeholders, offers a solid base to consciously plan a succession process, for young leaders and consultant of family firms. Originality of the study: In relevant literature the communication perspective is underdeveloped although it is mostly importance in the succession process. We have contributed to this branch of studies by offering a set of communication meta-topics that are important to gain legitimacy inside the family business.

Pellegrini, M., Ciappei, C., Cannoni, T. (2012). Communicational topics in governance processes of Family Business Succession. SINERGIE, 89(September-December), 131-146.

Communicational topics in governance processes of Family Business Succession

Pellegrini M.;
2012-01-01

Abstract

Purpose of the paper: The work aims to discover most recalled meta-topics that are considered crucial in a successful family trans-generational passage. In particular, we have stressed the perspective of young generations during the transition. Methodology: We did a content analysis on qualitative data gathered through interviews. We have studied the succession histories of four family firms, which were reconstructed thanks to a multi-angle comparison which couples the younger and older generation’s comments. Results: The common patterns that emerged suggest four main components on which heirs focus their attention during a succession, namely: interest in the business, governing the consensus, management of family identity, and personal power. Each topic is a milestone on a young leader’s path to head of the family firm and a focal point on which focus the attention. Limits: Our sample is limited and contains only male-to-male successions. Hence, our results should be careful handled in making generalizations. Practical implications: Keeping in mind which should be areas of interest to gain legitimacy and reassure family members and business stakeholders, offers a solid base to consciously plan a succession process, for young leaders and consultant of family firms. Originality of the study: In relevant literature the communication perspective is underdeveloped although it is mostly importance in the succession process. We have contributed to this branch of studies by offering a set of communication meta-topics that are important to gain legitimacy inside the family business.
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Settore SECS-P/10 - Organizzazione Aziendale
Settore SECS-P/08 - Economia e Gestione delle Imprese
English
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family business succession; communicational topics; incumbent-successor relation
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Pellegrini, M., Ciappei, C., Cannoni, T. (2012). Communicational topics in governance processes of Family Business Succession. SINERGIE, 89(September-December), 131-146.
Pellegrini, M; Ciappei, C; Cannoni, T
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