Title: Managing intergenerational challenges: the case of the Lebanese family SMEs businesses

Authors: Randa Fares; Gizele Bitar

Addresses: Almabani General Contractors, Dbayeh, Lebanon ' USEK Business School, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, P.O. Box 446, Lebanon

Abstract: The research study consists of approaching strategies and plans that family businesses adopt to ensure their transition success from a generation to another. The literature review reflects a theoretical framework that covers both formal and informal development of family businesses. In other words, in its early ages, the family business is reduced to its nuclear dimension; however, with the effect of intergenerational transitions, an extended family is involved into the company's development and necessitates a more formal structure in order to balance between the business interest and the family one. The methodology relies, first, on a qualitative approach. This method helped to find out the perceptions of family business managers according to the main research statement and contributed to the establishment of the research questionnaire. Thus, a quantitative approach, as a complementary approach, has helped generalising the obtained results from the qualitative investigation.

Keywords: family business; succession; conflicts; interests; governance; culture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWI.2022.126862

International Journal of Work Innovation, 2022 Vol.3 No.2, pp.183 - 201

Received: 01 Jul 2022
Accepted: 05 Jul 2022

Published online: 09 Nov 2022 *

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