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Saarela, M., Niinikoski, E., Muhos, M. (2014) Public business services fostering growth - case studies in northern sparsely populated areas. International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 5 (4/5), 367. doi:10.1504/IJIRD.2014.064149

Public business services fostering growth : case studies in northern sparsely populated areas

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Author: Saarela, Martti1; Niinikoski, Eija-Riitta1; Muhos, Matti1
Organizations: 1Oulu Southern Institute, University of Oulu, Pajatie 5, 85500 Nivala, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2014
Publish Date: 2017-05-12


The aim of this study is to describe public business services (PBSs) for early-stage small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in northern sparsely populated areas (NSPAs) of Northern Finland. These areas face challenges of globalisation, structural changes and demographic change. PBSs of these areas face special challenges including limited resources, remoteness, heterogeneous customer base, and long distances. This study describes how PBSs are organised and what kind of services is available for early-stage technology intensive companies in the three case NSPAs. The focus is on analysis and comparison of the supply of public business services in the three subregions of Oulu South region. As a result of this multiple case study, the services for SMEs and especially for early-stage technology intensive SMEs within the NSPA context are clarified.

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Series: International journal of innovation and regional development
ISSN: 1753-0660
ISSN-E: 1753-0679
ISSN-L: 1753-0660
Volume: 5
Issue: 4/5
Pages: 267 - 383
DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2014.064149
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: Copyright © 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.