Succession Planning and Sustainability of Selected Family Owned Businesses in Anambra State, Nigeria

Nbabuife, Ezimma K. and Okoli, Ifeanyi Emmanuel (2017) Succession Planning and Sustainability of Selected Family Owned Businesses in Anambra State, Nigeria. European Journal of Business and Management, 9 (34). pp. 155-167. ISSN 2222-2839

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The large number of Family Owned Businesses (FOB’s) in Anambra State that have either closed shop or stopped functioning properly at the demise of the owner/manager as a result of what appears to be lack of proper succession planning necessitated this study. The broad objective of the study was to examine the place of succession planning in the sustainability of selected Family Owned Businesses (FOB’s) in Anambra State. Survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study consisted of 275 FOB’s comprising of 50 incorporated FOB’s and 225 unincorporated FOB. Complete enumeration was adopted. Data was collected through the use of questionnaire and analysed using Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation Coefficient to test for relationship and t-test to examine the mean difference. Findings revealed that mentorship has a high positive significant relationship with sustainability (r = .858 p < .05) and that there is no statistical difference between the perceptions of selected incorporated FOB’s and unincorporated FOB’s on succession planning in Anambra State (t = -218 p > .05).The study concluded that mentorship is very germane in the quest to perpetuate the existence of family businesses and therefore recommended that FOB’s should see mentorship as a process that is gradual and not rushed towards the end; the owner/managers of FOB’s should ensure that they first of all ensure that they make the people who will take over to be genuinely interested in the business and that owner/founders should see succession as a process of sustaining their businesses for long rather than a process of relinquishing power and control.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2019 11:26
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2019 11:26

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