Scanteak: The Making of Successors in a Family Firm (A)
Scanteak Corporation was a furniture retailer founded in Singapore in the 1970s. By 2010, it had established more than 100 stores around the world. It had also become the first furniture company to be listed on the Taiwan OTC (Over-the-Counter) Exchange. The two founders had invested a great deal in developing the business and preparing their children to become their successors. In 2003, the two founders' daughter joined the company to help grow the family business, achieving great success in brand promotion and market expansion. In 2010, the two founders' son was asked to help with the business in Singapore or Taiwan but rejected their offer, stating that he would only agree if he could independently run the Japan division of the business, which was in deficit. The two founders questioned whether their recently graduated son could handle the business in Japan, and wondered how to respond to his bold request. Jean Lee is affiliated with China Europe International Business School. Liman Zhao is affiliated with China Europe International Business School. Yunting Lu is affiliated with China Europe International Business School.