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Saarela, M., Hänninen, K., Muhos, M., Jokela, H. (2018) Growth management priorities of service-based micro-enterprises in a sparsely populated area. International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning, 7(1), 55-76.

Growth management priorities of service-based micro-enterprises in a sparsely populated area

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Author: Saarela, Martti1; Hänninen, Kai1; Muhos, Matti1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
2Nihak Ltd.
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: ToKnowPress, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-12-07


Micro-enterprises, which refer to a subset of small and medium enterprises, represent over 95% of European enterprises. Nevertheless, little is known about micro-enterprises. Location is one of the key factors concerning the development of business, and several studies have indicated the differences between urban and sparsely populated areas. However, there is a lack of literature concerning the growth management priorities of micro-enterprises, especially of micro-enterprises in sparsely populated areas. To address this gap in the literature, this multiple-case study aims to answer the following research question: What are the critical managerial incidents that occur during the growth of service-based micro-enterprises in a sparsely populated area? The results of the case study showed that the highest priority of the owners-managers of the service-based micro-enterprises was related to human resources.

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Series: International journal of management, knowledge and learning
ISSN: 2232-5107
ISSN-E: 2232-5697
ISSN-L: 2232-5107
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Pages: 55 - 76
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
520 Other social sciences
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