A US study conducted among the promoters of transfer of business programmes for family firms found that the key success factors in the programmes are the amount of information the programme offers and the interaction between the participants and the promoters. In addition, it is necessary to appreciate different learning styles because the problems of family businesses are not so much related to lack of information as to their ways of thinking with regard to personal relationships, business activities and taking action. Most transfer of business programmes offer introductions of information, tools, ideas and practices. The more in-depth change-oriented training challenges help the learners to become aware of their learning, reconsider their values in relation to the learning and to find new ways of doing things. This kind of training can result in finding a new way of discussion in the firm, in a plan that prepares the company to the transfer of business or in different insights in the business activities of the firm. The ALISUKU –programme (Finnish acronym for “Transfer of business and development programme for the subcontracting companies”) planned and co-ordinated by the Small Business Institute of the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration and co-financed by th
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