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Simunaniemi, Anna-Mari; Saarela, Martti; Muhos, Matti (2020) Management priorities of technology-based growth ventures in two Finnish high-tech business contexts. International Journal of Value Chain Management, 11(1): 1–23.

Management priorities of technology-based growth ventures in two Finnish high-tech business contexts

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Author: Simunaniemi, Anna-Mari1; Saarela, Martti1; Muhos, Matti1
Organizations: 1Micro-entrepreneurship Center of Excellence MicroENTRE, Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu, Pajatie 5, 85500 Nivala, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-02-26


There is a need for new knowledge about growth in technology-based growth ventures in order to strengthen business development within this context. This retrospective multiple-case study clarifies the context-specific viewpoints related to the early stages of technology-intensive companies in two cities in Finland. The research question is: What are the management priorities of technology-intensive growth ventures in Finnish high-tech contexts? Using the sequential incident technique and semi-structured interviews, the managers of ten companies were asked to describe their business growth. The study tests the applicability of a literature-based framework for the early stages of growth in technology companies and analyses context-specific viewpoints. By taking account of the context, the study provides new insights into the growth and management of technology-intensive companies as well as into the special characteristics of different high-tech contexts. Moreover, the results provide evidence of the applicability of the framework in the selected contexts.

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Series: International journal of value chain management
ISSN: 1741-5357
ISSN-E: 1741-5365
ISSN-L: 1741-5357
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Pages: 1 - 23
DOI: 10.1504/IJVCM.2020.105473
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2020 InderScience Publishers.