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Academic Journal of Business & Management, 2021, 3(5); doi: 10.25236/AJBM.2021.030502.

Research Context and Trend of Intergenerational Succession of Family Business: Analysis Based on CiteSpace


Yin Guan1, Hanhui Chen2, Dong Yang2

Corresponding Author:
Yin Guan

1School of Accounting, Anhui University of Finance & Economics, Bengbu, China

2School of Business Administration, Anhui University of Finance & Economics, Bengbu, China


Intergenerational succession is an essential topic in the research field of family business. Most of the existing literature on intergenerational succession review is based on qualitative analysis. In this paper, CiteSpace visualization software is used to analyze the literature related to intergenerational succession in CSSCI from 2001 to 2020 as samples. From the aspects of publication trend, institution, author, keywords, etc., the research status and evolution of intergenerational succession of family businesses are summarized through the knowledge map system. Combined with keyword frequency distribution and emergent analysis, the paper identifies research hotspots and predicts future research trends. It is found that the research institutions and authors of intergenerational succession have apparent regional characteristics, but there is no close cooperative network relationship. The research focuses on the influence of multiple factors such as intergenerational succession and authority legitimacy, firm performance and knowledge transfer. Future research will focus more on the innovation of the intergenerational succession model driven by internationalization and innovation.


Intergenerational Succession; Family Business; Innovation-driven; Visual Analysis

Cite This Paper

Yin Guan, Hanhui Chen, Dong Yang. Research Context and Trend of Intergenerational Succession of Family Business: Analysis Based on CiteSpace. Academic Journal of Business & Management (2021) Vol. 3, Issue 5: 9-17. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJBM.2021.030502.


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