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Taking the Exit Route: Reasons, Methods and a Plan

The Emerald Handbook of Entrepreneurship in Tourism, Travel and Hospitality

ISBN: 978-1-78743-530-8, eISBN: 978-1-78743-529-2

Publication date: 11 July 2018



The scope of this chapter is to present the key issues of taking the exit route from a business venture. Its aim is therefore to analyse the main strategies and suitable methods to harvest a business venture, as well as to outline the appropriate plan and the main aspects of valuation.


Literature review was conducted on issues and aspects that are related to harvesting of a business. These issues have been illustrated with an example and case studies.


This chapter highlights the fact that every mindful entrepreneur will normally have a roadmap and a plan to exit from a business venture. It provides entrepreneurs with guidance to elaborate suitable strategies and adopt appropriate methods to exit a business.

Research limitations

This chapter is explorative in nature, based on a literature review.

Managerial/practical implications

Entrepreneurs often find themselves consumed in making a business successful, while they neglect to elaborate a plan for harvesting a business venture. This chapter provides entrepreneurs with the needed guidance on how to exit a business by preparing an effective plan, in case it is not successful or for personal reasons. It also presents a set of practical advices on decision-making about related strategies and methods.


The chapter analyses, in a comprehensive and practical way, the reasons, methods and strategies of harvesting, as well as the elements of an effective plan to take the exit route.



Radipere, N.S. and Radebe, M.S. (2018), "Taking the Exit Route: Reasons, Methods and a Plan", Sotiriadis, M. (Ed.) The Emerald Handbook of Entrepreneurship in Tourism, Travel and Hospitality, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 241-257.



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