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Issues in Business Management and Economics
Vol.4 (6), pp. 63-69, September 2016
ISSN 2350-157X
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Article ID /BM/16/032/07 pages
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Original Research Article

Planning for succession and firm’s sustainability: Evidence from family owned businesses in Lagos and Ogun States, Nigeria

Oludare Simeon Adedayo1,Ojo James Olanipekun*2 and  Oladipupo Ojo1

1Department of Business and Marketing, BBS, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria.
2Department of Business Administration, McPherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ogun State, Nigeria.

*Corresponding Author Email: lanipekunojo(at)

date Received: July 4, 2016     date Accepted: August 23, 2016     date Published: September 8, 2016


Family businesses constitute a large number of commercial activities worldwide, contributing significantly to the global economy. Succession planning is a key issue influencing the sustainability of family businesses. There are many family business failures in Nigeria, especially at the demise of the owner/founder. This study investigated the factors that are responsible for ensuring planning for succession and firm’s sustainability of family businesses in Lagos and Ogun States of Nigeria. The study adopted a survey design with a population of study limited to the family business owners who are members of the National Association of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (NASME). A stratified sampling technique was used to select the family businesses, from where a random sample of 327 was selected. Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation and Multiple Regression were used to analyze the data. The results revealed that there was a strong positive correlation between planning for succession and firm’s sustainability, with an r value of correlation coefficient at 0.93 and significant level of P<0.05 @ 0.000. The founder must act proactively by crafting succession plan early enough in the life of the business, such that his experience will help the firm’s survival. Issues that can create conflicts should be avoided like appointing an incompetent successor, while the successor should be made to come into the family business early enough to gain the confidence and respect of other family and non-family workers.

Key words: Family business, succession, sustainability, succession planning.

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