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An heir for a business at Kurniawan security: a mere baton passing?

Yeoh Khar Kheng (Universiti Utara Malaysia.)
Sethela June (Universiti Utara Malaysia.)
Shaik Dawood Raja Mohamed (Universiti Utara Malaysia.)

Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies

ISSN: 2045-0621

Publication date: 28 September 2015


Subject area

Family business

Study level/applicability

This case study is relevant for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, specifically in the field of entrepreneurship. This case can be applied in the family business and entrepreneurship module.

Case overview

This case highlights the issue of succession planning in a family business. It describes the problem faced by the founder of a security service company, Kurniawan Security Services Sdn Bhd., in handing over his business to his sons. The case depicts the occurrence of conflicts as one of the common problems in running a family business which, in the end, may affect the perpetuity of the business concerns.

Expected learning outcomes

Upon completion of the case analysis, students should be able to explain the concept of entrepreneurship in the context of a family business, discuss the issue of succession planning commonly associated with running a family business, analyse critically the nature of conflicts that may occur in a family business and suggest how the problem(s) can be attempted to be solved from within the business management perspectives.

Supplementary materials

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The authors appreciate and would like to acknowledge the assistance given by Kurniawan Security Services Sdn. Bhd.


Kheng, Y.K., June, S. and Mohamed, S.D.R. (2015), "An heir for a business at Kurniawan security: a mere baton passing?", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, Vol. 5 No. 5.



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