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Saarela, M, Simunaniemi, A.-M., Muhos, M. & Ojala, A. (2021) International aspects of growth management in eHealth service start-ups. In H. Etemad, N. Evers & Sören Kock (Eds.), Entrepreneurial internationalization in an increasingly digitized and networked world economy (pp. 261-282). Edward Elgar. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788976817.00021

International aspects of growth management in eHealth service start-ups

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Author: Saarela, Martti1; Simunaniemi, Anna-Mari1; Muhos, Matti2;
Organizations: 1Micro-Entrepreneurship Centre of Excellence (MicroENTRE), Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu, Finland
2Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu, Finland
3University of Vaasa, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2021120959817
Language: English
Published: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-05-09
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Abstract

Stages of growth theory provide little or no evidence regarding international aspects of growth management. Moreover, international entrepreneurship research and the international new venture approach view the growth of start-ups through the perspective of internationalisation, without a special growth management focus. There is a need for research which integrates both aspects. The start-up stage is the most critical period for the survival of a company, as decisions made during this time have a decisive influence on its success, if not survival. Digitalisation is revolutionising international business, and healthcare delivery is no exception. It provides business opportunities, even globally, for innovative start-ups. The aim of this chapter is to clarify international aspects of growth management in eHealth service start-ups. Utilising critical incident techniques and semi-structured interviews in the data collection, managerial priorities are analysed in five case companies in Finland, Sweden and the U.S. The findings demonstrate that international aspects are inseparable from the growth management of international eHealth start-ups. The key management priority areas related to internalisation are focus, strategic management and service development and delivery.

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ISBN: 978-1-78897-681-7
ISBN Print: 978-1-78897-680-0
Pages: 261 - 282
DOI: 10.4337/9781788976817.00021
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.4337/9781788976817.00021
Host publication: Entrepreneurial internationalization in an increasingly digitized and networked world economy
Host publication editor: Etemad, Hamid
Evers, Natasha
Kock, Sören
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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Copyright information: © Hamid Etemad, Natasha Evers and Sören Kock 2021. This is a draft chapter/article. The final version is available in Entrepreneurial Internationalization in an Increasingly Digitized and Networked World Economy edited by Hamid Etemad, Natasha Evers and Sören Kock, published in 2021, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788976817.00021 The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.