Unearthing and Alleviating Emotions in Family Business Successions

Michel, Alexandra; Kammerlander, Nadine; Strike, Vanessa (2019). Unearthing and Alleviating Emotions in Family Business Successions. Entrepreneurship theory and practice, p. 104225871983401. Sage 10.1177/1042258719834016

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Using an inductive multi-case analysis, we follow one advisor and five family firm successions over four years to capture emerging emotions during the succession process. We investigate how the advisor’s mediation of these emotions affects individual-level satisfaction with the succession process. Our data reveal an iterative process: the advisor first unearths incumbents’ and successors’ negative emotions to surface emotional tensions before alleviating them. Emotion unearthing and alleviating speed the incumbent’s and successor’s role adjustments and advance succession, especially when the incumbent becomes “stuck” in the process. Our data further suggest that effective emotion mediation and complete role adjustment appear to be important factors fostering individual-level satisfaction with the succession process.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

Michel, Alexandra

Subjects:

600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

1540-6520

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Nicole Oehrli

Date Deposited:

08 Apr 2019 11:49

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 03:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1042258719834016

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.128581

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/128581

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