Saarela, M., Simunaniemi, A.-M., Muhos, M. and Leviäkangas, P. (2018), "Growth management of eHealth service start-ups", Journal of Advances in Management Research, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 17-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAMR-06-2017-0073
Growth management of eHealth service start-ups
|Author:||Saarela, Martti1; Simunaniemi, Anna-Mari1; Muhos, Matti1;|
1Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2VTT, Oulu, Finland
|Online Access:||PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.7 MB)|
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022091659234
|Publish Date:|| 2022-09-16
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to focus on the early development of eHealth service start-ups. To elaborate the research problem, the study addresses the following research questions: How do managerial experiences in eHealth service start-ups relate to the central findings of the recent empirically based stages-of-growth literature? What context-specific viewpoints should be considered when using the stage framework in relation to eHealth service start-ups?
Design/methodology/approach: In this explorative multiple case study, the authors test a growth framework describing the early stages of eHealth service firms through eight case studies. The authors utilise the critical incident technique and semi-structured interviews in the data collection.
Findings: When taking into account the key contradictions assessed in the study as well as context-specific features of eHealth businesses, the empirically based stage framework seems to be a useful starting point for reflecting on and predicting the challenges faced during the early development of eHealth service start-ups. Slow growth due to several factors and the essential role of the public sector were commonly emphasised elements of the context-specific viewpoints of the eHealth service business.
Practical implications: The results may be used in start-ups and intermediary organisations as a framework for predicting managerial challenges during the start-up stage of an eHealth service business.
Originality/value: Numerous universal models and frameworks have attempted to clarify management priorities during the early stages of business. However, context-specific viewpoints and their effects on start-ups have not been broadly studied. This study provides new insights into growth management in the eHealth context.
Journal of advances in management research
|Pages:||17 - 36|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
512 Business and management
520 Other social sciences
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