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Cultural values and their implications to family business succession: A case study of small Chinese-owned family businesses in Bandung, Indonesia

Grisna Anggadwita (School of Economics and Business, Telkom University, Bandung, Indonesia)
Werda Bagus Profityo (Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia)
Dini Turipanam Alamanda (Faculty of Social Science and Political Science, Garut University, Garut, Indonesia)
Anggraeni Permatasari (President University, Cikarang Baru, Indonesia)

Journal of Family Business Management

ISSN: 2043-6238

Article publication date: 26 June 2019

Issue publication date: 25 November 2020



The family business is one of the business entities that contribute to the economy of a country. Succession in the family business occupies a strategic position, especially in maintaining the company’s sustainability. The Chinese family business has unique characteristics in maintaining and growing its business with the cultural values that underlie how their business. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the cultural values of Chinese ethnic and their implications in the succession process in small family businesses in Bandung, Indonesia.


This research uses a qualitative method with the in-depth interview method as a data collection technique. The sampling technique uses purposive sampling, while to test the validity of research data using a triangulation technique. A total of four small Chinese-owned family businesses participated as informants in this study. The study will identify the stage of succession process in the Chinese family business.


There are several stages identified in the succession planning of small Chinese-owned family business in Bandung which include succession antecedents, succession activities and desired outcomes. The results showed that small Chinese-owned family business in Bandung has not applied the rules and procedures in the succession process. Most of the Chinese family business in this research still holds Confucianism culture; they prioritize boys as business successors, who have a greater responsibility rather than successor with other gender.

Practical implications

Several implications are discussed. One of them is the Chinese family business holding cultural values in the process of family business succession.


This research is expected to provide theoretical and practical implications for academics and family companies with similar cases.



Anggadwita, G., Profityo, W.B., Alamanda, D.T. and Permatasari, A. (2020), "Cultural values and their implications to family business succession: A case study of small Chinese-owned family businesses in Bandung, Indonesia", Journal of Family Business Management, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 281-292.



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