Doing Succession in Europe: Generational Transfers in Family Business in Comparative Perspective

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Family enterprises make up the majority of all businesses across Western Europe. Nonetheless, they are seen as an endangered species. Succession is especially critical for their survival. The succession process is shaped by the dynamics of generational relations in the family. Different institutional contexts between countries create diverse conditions for the negotiation between the generations. Doing Succession in Europe examines whether and how succession processes in European family businesses vary. Scholars of the family, capitalism, the welfare state, and law discuss comparative findings and ideas, while business and legal experts highlight the concrete practices. [A few contributions are in German language text with English abstracts.]