University of Oulu

Muhos, M., Hänninen, K., Vehmas, K., & Saarela, M. (2021). Growth management of service- and technology-based firms in sparsely populated areas. International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 20(2), 136. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJMED.2021.117898

Growth management of service- and technology-based firms in sparsely populated areas

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Author: Muhos, Matti1; Hänninen, Kai1; Vehmas, Kati1;
Organizations: 1Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu, Pajatie 5, 85500 Nivala, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022012410035
Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-09-20
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to clarify growth management of service- and technology-based firms in sparsely populated areas (SPAs). This retrospective multiple case study reached this aim by investigating owner–managers’ experiences from the early growth process and by reflecting on these experiences through the meta-analytical management priority framework. The contextual management priorities were visited from the perspectives of service- and technology-based companies in SPAs. The owner–managers of service- and tech-based firms paid primary attention to three shared priorities: human resources, the development of services/products and organisational design, but in a different order and with context-specific characteristics. In service-based firms, owner–managers’ primary attention was on human resource management; meanwhile, the attention of owner–managers was primarily on the development and delivery of products/technology.

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Series: International journal of management and enterprise development
ISSN: 1468-4330
ISSN-E: 1741-8127
ISSN-L: 1468-4330
Volume: 20
Issue: 2
Pages: 136 - 161
DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2021.117898
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1504/IJMED.2021.117898
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Subjects:
SPA
Copyright information: © 2021 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. The final authenticated version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1504/IJMED.2021.117898.