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Muhos, M., Saarela, M., Simunaniemi, A.-M., Foit Jr., Del, & Rasochova, L. (2021). Management and Production Engineering Review. Production Engineering Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Association for Production Management.

The early stages of growth in technology- and service-based firms

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Author: Muhos, Matti1; Saarela, Martti1; Simunaniemi, Anna-Mari1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Kerttu Saalasti Institute, Finland
2University of California San Diego, United States
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: De Gruyter, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-26


Many stages of growth models have been introduced to clarify management priorities during the early stages of business growth. However, many of these models are conceptual and universal, providing only limited benefits to specific industries and business contexts. The early stages of technology-based ventures have attracted broad interest, while less attention has been paid to the early stages of service-based firms. However, in recent years, interest in service-based businesses, as well as servitisation, has grown. This literature-based study explores and compares the early stages of growth in service-based and technology-based firms. On one hand, this study condenses the basic characteristics of recent empirical studies on the early stages of technology- and service-based firms. On the other, this study clarifies the central themes, sequential patterns and central differences in the early stages of service- and technology-based firms. This study pinpoints the importance of contextual understanding related to the early stages of business growth and encourages the scholars towards bridging the contextual gaps of this stream of literature.

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Series: Management and production engineering review
ISSN: 2080-8208
ISSN-E: 2082-1344
ISSN-L: 2080-8208
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Pages: 3 - 16
DOI: 10.24425/mper.2021.137673
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CC BY license (