Managerial Succession and E-Business

Managerial Succession and E-Business

Anthonia Adenike Adeniji (Covenant University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-611-7.ch055
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Abstract

There have been several studies on managerial succession otherwise known as succession planning but greater percentage of them focused on succession planning as related to family owned small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s), government establishments, effects of succession planning on performance and profitability of a business organization, CEOs perspectives on planning for succession, family business and succession planning to mention just a few (Motwani,et al 2006,Brown 2007, Dunemann & Barreff, 2004).
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Background:

Succession planning in e-business is an issue of growing importance. Businesses generate a significant proportion of the economic activity in our countries, and a majority of these businesses are approaching the point where they will be transacting businesses on-line and will most likely by making serious decisions regarding their long time future .The manner in which such large number of potential business successions is managed will impact not only upon these individual businesses and society in which they operate but also upon the global economy .

As a result there is wide spread interest in various aspects of business succession planning and particularly, the central question of, how to do it.

However, some common themes emerge from a study of the succession management literature and the suggested models on offer .The required successor attributes needs to be identified and appropriate processes for selecting and nurturing a suitable successor determined .The timing and the manner of any handover needs to be matched to existing circumstances in the e- business environment .The roles and needs of all important participants should be acknowledged, e- business vision shared by all participants, maintaining good relationships and open communication processes is vital. Finally, the future of the incumbent in relation to the requirements of e-business must be clearly determined and managed.

Succession is the plan an organization employs to fill its most vital leadership and professions positions (Huang,2001).It is the ongoing, purposeful and systematic identification of qualified and appropriate successors to leadership, with a commitment to assessing, developing and investing in organizational leadership to enhance performance, development and preparedness (Kim2003; McDonald 2006).According to Michelson(2006),succession planning requires putting the right people on the business, getting the wrong people off the business and positioning the right people in the right seats .Others have argued that succession planning is simply having the right people in the right place at the right time(Conger and Fulmer,2003; Rothwell,2005).Succession planning reinforces the desired perceptions of the organization, fosters employee legitimacy, builds on the strategic plan to manage the organization through future challenges, meets the demand of the public and addresses the strength and weakness of the organization (Cohn,Khurana and Reeves 2005).

Effective succession management happens when corporations adopt a talent –finding mindset and developing guideline for building a leadership pipeline among which include; focusing on development, identifying linchpin position, making it transparent and measuring progress regularly.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Globalization: this is the interconnectivity of business of nations all over the world. In other words, that all economies are connected to do business together where each will now gain competitive advantage over its products.

Managerial Succession: this is the ongoing, purposeful and systematic identification of qualified and appropriate successors to leadership, with a commitment to assessing, developing and investing in organizational leadership to enhance performance, development and preparedness.

Leadership Pipeline: this is having a pool of prepared leaders and not just a list of prospective candidates across all organizational levels to fill vacancies in key positions when needed.

Competitive environment: this is an environment where companies and nations have the opportunity to compete effectively with one another considering the regulations in the environment.

Successor: this is when a person comes after and takes the place of somebody.

Linchpin Positions: these are positions between middle to senior management positions that are essential to organization’s long term health.

Replacement Planning: this is the minimal succession approach in which successors (i.e replacements) are identified at the top managerial levels, but there is little or no development of those successors other than ad-hoc on the job experience.

E-Business: this is the transacting of business on-line or on the internet.

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