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

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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.

ZeitschriftAgeing & Society
Seiten (von - bis)673-696
Anzahl der Seiten24
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 05.2012
Extern publiziertJa