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Muhos, Matti; Saarela, Martti; Savela, Hannu; Hänninen, Kai; Jokela, Harri (2018) Growth management priorities of technology-based micro-enterprises in a sparsely populated region. In: MakeLearn & TIIM 2018, Integrated Economy and Society: Diversity, Creativity, and Technology Proceedings of the MakeLearn and TIIM International Conference 16–18 May 2018, Naples, Italy, ML2018-145. http://www.toknowpress.net/ISBN/978-961-6914-23-9/papers/ML2018-145.pdf

Growth management priorities of technology-based micro-enterprises in a sparsely populated region

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Author: Muhos, Matti1; Saarela, Martti1; Savela, Hannu1;
Organizations: 1University Of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2018061125696
Language: English
Published: ToKnowPress, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-06-11
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Abstract

Micro-enterprises represent more than 95% of European enterprises. In the European Union, smaller firms contribute to job creation on a larger scale than larger firms; however, micro-enterprise is only occasionally present as a unit of analysis in the European management literature. In particular, there is a lack of literature concerning the early-stage growth management priorities of micro-enterprises. Furthermore, location is a key factor in business development, and several studies have indicated differences between urban and sparsely populated areas. To address this gap, this multiple-case study aims to answer the following research question: What are the critical managerial incidents that occur during the growth of technology-based micro-enterprises in sparsely populated regions? The study answers this question by analysing and describing in detail the management priorities of the owner-managers of five technology-based micro-enterprises located in a sparsely populated region.

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Series: MakeLearn & TIIM
ISSN: 2232-3309
ISSN-E: 2232-3309
ISSN-L: 2232-3309
ISBN: 978-961-6914-23-9
Article number: ML2018-145
Host publication: MakeLearn & TIIM 2018, Integrated Economy and Society: Diversity, Creativity, and Technology, Proceedings of the MakeLearn and TIIM International Conference 16–18 May 2018, Naples, Italy
Host publication editor: Dermol, Valerij
Conference: MakeLearn and TIIM International Conference, 16-18 May 2018 Naples, Italy
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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