The succession process from the perspective of financial institutions: a focused view on external vs. internal succession
by Mario Situm; Stefan Märk
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB), Vol. 34, No. 2, 2018

Abstract: Financial institutions remain the backbone of the European financial market. Their core business is the receipt of compensation for lending money to companies. However, the decision to lend is not the result of a simple process. Different types of risk have to be considered, in particular for family businesses. This paper approaches analysis of this topic in an interesting new way: combining aspects of financial theory and associated risks with the various types of internal and external succession. Financial institutions were asked to share their preferences concerning internal and external succession across a range of different associated issues. This paper provides the results of this financial institution survey as well as a comparison to existing literature. It also includes the applied combination of crises in family businesses with their succession process, moving towards an idea to determine an optimal moment for succession. Indeed, this optimal moment could be connected to recognised financial theories currently in existence.

Online publication date: Wed, 30-May-2018

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