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Succession in Chinese family enterprises: the influence of cognitive, regulatory and normative factors

Man, Thomas Wing Yan; Mustafa, Michael; Fang, Yao


Thomas Wing Yan Man

Michael Mustafa

Yao Fang


Through an institution-based perspective, we investigate succession issues of Chinese family enterprises with a focus of how China's One Child Policy impacts the process. Based on an in-depth case study of two Chinese family firms, we find that the succession process is embedded in an institutional environment constituted by a multitude of intertwining moral, socio-economic, and politico-legal factors. To be more effective in this process, we recommend an earlier cultivation of the successors' positive values and attitudes towards the family enterprises, proper alignment between their knowledge and experience, provision of mentoring to them, and strengthening their effort in reflecting upon experience.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 2, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 23, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 19, 2017
Journal International Journal of Management Practice
Print ISSN 1477-9064
Electronic ISSN 1477-8143
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 4
Keywords family business; China; succession; institutional theory; One-Child Policy
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