Evolution of Succession Planning


Family-owned businesses have long been the backbone of Asia's economic landscape. Key to their renowned longevity are succession plans. But as the years pass, the dynamics of succession plans are changing - not just in Asia, but worldwide.

In this blog, we'll take a closer look at the evolution of family businesses. We'll shed light on traditional practices, the mindset of the new generation in the face of modern challenges, and how to prepare for a successful transition.

Traditional Practices

Traditionally, the patriarchal or matriarchal figure decided who would inherit the business. They'd set the tone for discussions about succession planning, reflecting cultural norms. And the younger generation would fall in line.

The New Generation’s Mindset

But times are changing. Recent research indicates that Millennials and Gen X in Asia are challenging these traditional norms. In fact, 92% of them believe in the importance of a robust succession plan, breaking the taboo of leaving 'business talk' to the older generation1.

The shift in mindset is accompanied by a proactive approach. 79% of the younger generation wants to take the reins of their family businesses.

They feel ready to lead conversations about succession, unafraid to voice their ideas and concerns or bring fresh ideas to the table.

Challenges in Transition

Emotional ties run deep in family businesses. As a result, succession plans bring their own set of unique challenges.

For example, the new generation may seek an alternative career path, which can be difficult for parents to accept.

Communication is crucial in navigating scenarios such as these.

Preparing for the Future

One way to ease these transitions is by encouraging the next generation to get involved in the family business early on.

Doing this can benefit both generations. It reveals interests and capabilities and it gives an insight into the realities of working life. Ultimately, it means both parties can make more informed decisions about succession.


The family business landscape is evolving. Decisions around succession planning are no longer the responsibility of the older generation. Younger ones are taking a more active role, challenging traditional norms, and embracing change.

Communication and mutual respect are more vital to a successful transition than ever before.

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