Succession in the Family Business: Need to Transfer the ‘Socio-Emotional Wealth’ (SEW)

Makó, Csaba, Csizmadia, Péter and Heidrich, Balázs (2016) Succession in the Family Business: Need to Transfer the ‘Socio-Emotional Wealth’ (SEW). Vezetéstudomány - Budapest Management Review, 47 (11). pp. 16-28. DOI 10.14267/VEZTUD.2016.11.03

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Rather often we have to confront with the pessimistic views on the future of the family business. Contrary to these prognosis, the FB is not only present but also improving its position in the global economy and playing a key role in the European economy too. They represent 60 % of employment and more than 60 million jobs in the private sector. Among many internal challenges of FB in the five years’ time, the importance of the ‘company succession’ is increasing together with the renewing technology and ‘attracting the right sills/ talents’ (Global Family Survey, 2015). This article is focusing on the transfer of socio-economic wealth (SEW) as a key intangible asset within the intergenerational changes in the FB. The paper outlines the various concepts (narrow vs. broad) of the SEW and special attention is paid to the risk prone [taken] and risk adverse entrepreneurial attitudes. In this relation, the authors made distinction between the ‘opportunity’ and ‘necessity entrepreneurs’. Using empirical experiences based on multi-site company case studies in the three INSIST project countries, the various sub-sections are focusing on the transfer of the following key components of the SEW to the next generation: trust-based social-system, generic human values (i.e. openness, mutual respect, correctness, reliability, responsibility etc.) and ‘practice based – embedded collective knowledge’. Key lesson of this analysis is the following: transferring physical assets in the succession process seems to us less important than the transfer of the intangible one embedded in the company’s culture community. Further systematic national and international investigations – combining quantitative and qualitative research tools – are necessary to acquire more accurate picture on the impacts of transferring both intangible and tangible assets in the succession process in the FB.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:family business, succession, tangible and intangible assets, socio-emotional wealth, necessity–opportunity entrepreneurs, trust-based social relations
Subjects:Management, business policy, business strategy
ID Code:2519
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:05 Dec 2016 13:48
Last Modified:22 Nov 2021 10:00

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