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Succession management and corporate sustainability in Ghana: a leadership succession paradox

Stephen Debar Kpinpuo (Department of Management Studies, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Wa, Ghana)
John Antwi (Department of Administration and Human Resource Management, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana)
John Yaw Akparep (Department of Management Studies, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Wa, Ghana)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 17 October 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

A core responsibility of organizational leaders in a world of increasing competition for best talents is positioning right persons and plans for sustainable growth and progress of their respective organizations. However, attracting top talents for key positions is meaningless if it is not backed by winning retention or succession strategies. This paper aims to assess succession management techniques in the Nzema East District (NED) of Ghana to determine incumbent reliability on its own succession knowledge, practice and sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach

Through a cross-organizational investigation, this study used qualitative approaches to explore succession knowledge and practice as they relate to effective management and sustainability of selected NED organizations. In all, 60 purposively selected participants were involved in the study.

Findings

This study revealed not only that most NED organizational leaders have no succession plans but also that some senior management officials of these organizations, much as their subordinates, lack knowledge and practice of the concept altogether. It also emerged that a leadership succession paradox, where management expressed profound interest in succession planning (SP) learning and practice, adopting SP as a strategic tool and in using SP as insurance for sustainability of NED firms, but presides over the contrary, characterized much of NED management activity.

Research limitations/implications

As a case study, this research is limited in terms of generalizability, but its implications are quite limitless.

Originality/value

The originality of this study lies in an emerging leadership succession paradox where business executives advocate what, in practice and theory, they are themselves opposed to. Contrary to the logic that we practice what we learn, succession management in NED organizations is not only unethical but also paradoxical. This study has not been published and is not being considered for publication anywhere else.

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Citation

Kpinpuo, S.D., Antwi, J. and Akparep, J.Y. (2023), "Succession management and corporate sustainability in Ghana: a leadership succession paradox", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 55 No. 1, pp. 124-142. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-09-2021-0067

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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