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Abdollah Mohammadparast Tabas, Hanna Komulainen & Satu Nätti (2023) Typology and dynamics of actors` roles and positions within entrepreneurial ecosystems: an exploratory study, Small Enterprise Research, 30:1, 71-88, DOI: 10.1080/13215906.2022.2086611

Typology and dynamics of actors’ roles and positions within entrepreneurial ecosystems : an exploratory study

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Author: Mohammadparast Tabas, Abdollah1; Komulainen, Hanna1; Nätti, Satu1
Organizations: 1Marketing, Management, and International Business, Oulun yliopisto, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-06-02


This study explores how health-tech small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) could better utilize the entrepreneurial ecosystems (EEs) around them in developing their business within this fast-growing yet under-researched industry. Based on the qualitative empirical study, we examine actor roles and related dynamics in the health-tech ecosystem to understand how firms could benefit from the ecosystem’s resources. The study contributes to EE research by providing an empirically grounded typology of ten actor roles and examining how an individual company could change and develop its role in the network to grow and succeed. Moreover, it extends the current research on role typologies by explaining the various roles in EEs and underlines the importance of ecosystem dynamics. Managerially, the study highlights the importance of recognizing the company’s role(s) and the roles of other ecosystem members, which further aids in their strategic decision-making and future planning.

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Series: Small enterprises research
ISSN: 1321-5906
ISSN-E: 1175-0979
ISSN-L: 1321-5906
Volume: 30
Issue: 1
Pages: 71 - 88
DOI: 10.1080/13215906.2022.2086611
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: This work was supported by Foundation for Economic Education (Liikesivistysrahasto): [18-9908 ]; Yksityisyrittäjäin säätiö.
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License(, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in anymedium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.