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Mohammadparast Tabas, A., Kansheba, J. M. P., & Komulainen, H. (2022). Drivers for SMEs participation in entrepreneurial ecosystems: Evidence from health tech ecosystem in Northern Finland. Baltic Journal of Management, 17(6), 1–18.

Drivers for SMEs participation in entrepreneurial ecosystems : evidence from health tech ecosystem in Northern Finland

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Author: Tabas, Abdollah Mohammadparast1; Kansheba, Jonathan Mukiza Peter2; Komulainen, Hanna1
Organizations: 1Department of Marketing, Management and International Business, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Management, Universitetet i Agder, Kristiansand, Norway) (Department of Business Studies, Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-12-29


Purpose: The entrepreneurial ecosystem (EE) literature is dominated by conceptual studies with insufficient theoretical foundations and empirical evidence on the micro-level. This study aims to explore the largely overlooked question of what the drivers that motivate small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in an ecosystem are.

Design/methodology/approach: The study adopts a qualitative exploratory approach. The empirical data consists of 19 semi-structured interviews with top management of SMEs in the health tech ecosystem in Finland. The data were analyzed using a thematic content analysis.

Findings: This study reveals a typology of drivers that motivate SMEs to participate in an ecosystem. These include social drivers (networking and cooperation and communication and knowledge sharing), resource drivers (access to resources, formal and informal support and market access) and cognitive drivers (shared goals and common values).

Research limitations/implications: The study contributes to the EE research by highlighting the drivers that motivate health tech SMEs to become members of the local ecosystem. It suggests that managers and entrepreneurs need to be aware of the factors related to social, resource and cognitive drivers to ensure the future success of their business.

Originality/value The study draws evidence from a micro-level perspective which enriches the understanding of the EE phenomenon. It also explores an increasingly relevant but under-researched field, the health tech ecosystem.

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Series: Baltic journal of management
ISSN: 1746-5265
ISSN-E: 1746-5273
ISSN-L: 1746-5265
Volume: 17
Issue: 6
Pages: 1 - 18
DOI: 10.1108/bjm-02-2022-0065
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 511 Economics
Funding: This work was supported by Foundation for Economic Education (Liikesivistysrahasto): [18-9908]; Yksityisyrittäjäin säätiö.
Copyright information: © Abdollah Mohammadparast Tabas, Jonathan Mukiza Peter Kansheba and Hanna Komulainen. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at http://creativecommons. org/licences/by/4.0/legalcode.