A Conceptual Framework Towards Succession Effectiveness in Family Wineries: The “Winesuccess” Conceptual Framework

Thoukis, Georgio (2018) A Conceptual Framework Towards Succession Effectiveness in Family Wineries: The “Winesuccess” Conceptual Framework. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Abstract

Succession effectiveness in family wineries is considered critical for the incumbents and the owning families looking forward to assure winery success and trans-generational continuity, as this endeavour requires substantial commitment, social skills, financial health, and idiosyncratic considerations that are more often than not unstable. Therefore, this thesis provides a platform of critical reflection and theoretical development upon the findings of a doctoral research on the topic of effective succession in family wineries for bringing further and closer theory and professional practice. Systematic literature review of the best available sources of knowledge served as a starting point. It was shown that there is a plethora of academic research on effective family business succession that makes available useful insights into this important process. The review has identified the major theories, models, and frameworks, and provided information on different factors and variables that are believed appropriate to foster succession process further. However, the review findings are often fragmented and subjective which makes it difficult to draw valid conclusions that can be representative for family wineries. Moreover, the review revealed certain gaps and uncertainties in the research that this thesis has aimed to bridge, and allowed the development of a preliminary conceptual framework (version one) with the testable research hypotheses. A primary research that followed in the organizational context of Cypriot family wineries made use of both quantitative and qualitative approaches, at a greater and lesser extent, respectively. These approaches were put forward based on the researcher’s ontological, epistemological and axiological assumptions. The numeric data were largely generated from a self-completed questionnaire survey that was comprehensive with an open aspect. The questionnaire was mailed to the entire population of fifty-four family wineries inclusive with hundred participants. The statistical analysis was undertaken using SPSS software. Pearson correlation analysis was the foremost statistical device used in the direction of establishment significant relationships among different succession factors. In order to enrich the meaning of statistical analysis with wine-specific insights, the researcher made further use of illustrative evidence collected from the survey open aspect.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Vrontis, Demetrisdvrontis@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Bown, Robinrbown@glos.ac.ukhttp://www.glos.ac.uk/academic-schools/business/staff-profiles/pages/s2103934-robin-bown.aspx
Uncontrolled Keywords: Succession planning; Wineries; Cyprus
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2340.8 Small and Medium-sized businesses, artisans, handcrafts, trades
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business and Technology > Business & Enterprise Management
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2018 13:46
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2018 13:46
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5595

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