Stepping into my shoes: Generativity as a mediator of the relationship between business owners' age and family succession

Zacher, Hannes, Schmitt, Antje, & Gielnik, Michael M. (2012) Stepping into my shoes: Generativity as a mediator of the relationship between business owners' age and family succession. Ageing and Society, 32(4), pp. 673-696.

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Abstract

The authors investigated generativity – the concern in establishing and guiding the next generation – as a mediator of the relationship between family business owners' age and succession in family businesses. Data came from 155 family business owners in Germany from different industries between the ages of 26 and 83 years. Results showed that age was positively related to generativity, and that generativity, in turn, positively influenced an objective measure of family succession. Generativity fully mediated the positive relationship between age and family succession. The findings suggest that generativity is an important psycho-social construct for understanding ageing, careers and succession in family business settings.

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ID Code: 92363
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Generativity, Age, Succession, Family businesses
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X11000547
ISSN: 0144-686X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2016 06:22
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2016 04:56

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