Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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No 181: A Contractual Perspective on Succession in Family Firms

Per-Olof Bjuggren () and Lars-Göran Sund ()
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Per-Olof Bjuggren: The Ratio Institute, Jönköping International Business School, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden
Lars-Göran Sund: Jönköpings International Business School, Postal: Department of Commercial Law. , P.O. Box 1026, SE-551 11, Jönköping, Sweden.

Abstract: Abstract This paper analyses succession in family firms from a contractual perspective. A firm is regarded as a nexus of contractual relations with owners, employees, suppliers of goods and services and customers. These contractual parties are in differing degrees tied to the firm through asset specificities. Succession can affect the value of such assets. In this sense they become stakeholders with vested interests in the succession process. The theoretical discussion of affected stakeholders is backed up by a survey study of 143 Swedish family-owned businesses that have been subject to succession. The results show that the opinions of close shareholders such as family members and incumbent mangers as well as those of other stakeholders such as suppliers and customers are important.

Keywords: Succession; Family firms; Mutual dependence; Asset specificity; Nexus of contracts; Close and non-close stakeholders

JEL-codes: G32; K12; K22

13 pages, November 14, 2011

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