Business succession in Germany - current trends

The last substantial, nationwide survey among German businesses with regard to the topic of ‘business succession’ took place back in 1989. Therefore, the strong need for more recent data emerged. Thus, in winter 2008/09 the Chair for Entrepreneurship and Family Business at the University of Siegen conducted a nationwide survey in co-operation with the Institute for SME Research Bonn among 14,203 businesses. Finally, 1,171 businesses owners participated in the survey. Owners, who will be confronted with a succession decision in the near future, were asked to provide information with regard to their arrangements for a planned and an unplanned succession. New owners, who have already taken over a business, were interviewed with regard to the modalities of their completed enterprise succession.

Moog, P.; Kay, R.; Schlömer-Laufen, N.; Schlepphorst, S. (2012): Unternehmensnachfolgen in Deutschland – Aktuelle Trends, in: Institut für Mittelstandsforschung Bonn (Hrsg.): IfM-Materialien Nr. 216, Bonn.

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