Family business training: a Canadian perspective

A.B. Ibrahim, Khaled Soufani, J. Lam

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Abstract: Family firms play an important role in the working of the Canadian economy; despite their importance to the economic activities and job creation it is observed that family businesses have lower survival rates than non-family firms, some argue that this can possibly be attributed (amongst other factors) to the lack of training. Most of the training activities in Canadian family businesses tend to be limited, and it is argued that family firms tend to perceive training more as an expense than an asset that enhances future growth and development of the business. This paper introduces a training framework and a coherent strategy that provides key elements of a national training agenda for Canadian small family firms, including the role of various relevant organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-482
Number of pages9
JournalEducation and training
Issue number8/9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003


  • Canada, Family firms, Small to medium-sized enterprises, Training


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