Identification of succession planning success factors in private sector (Case study: Holding Alpha Company)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Prof., Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Associate Prof., Faculty of Management, IRI Police University, Tehran, Iran

3 PhD Candidate, Organizational Behavior, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


In this study, using qualitative method, succession planning success factors are first identified, then this factors are examined as a measurement model. The statistical population included managers and supervisors of Alpha Holding Company and the samples were chosen in random. The tools used for data gathering were literature reviews, questionnaire and interviews. Validity and reliability of qualitative tool were evaluated using triangulation, member checks and paired reviews methods; content validity of the questionnaire was evaluated using expert reviews method. Reliability of the questionnaire was assessed using a pretest of 28 people and it was confirmed. Extracted data among 171 questionnaires was based on examining the quantitative research hypotheses. Based on exploratory factor analysis and structural equation modeling tests, the results showed that the seven factors including organizational structure, senior management support, systematic approach, policy, organizational culture, desire and motivation of people and trust can be introduced as the succession planning success factors and the success of succession plans could be measured using the above factors.


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