Growth management priorities of technology-based micro-enterprises in a sparsely populated region
Muhos, Matti; Saarela, Martti; Savela, Hannu; Hänninen, Kai; Jokela, Harri (2018-05-04)
Muhos, Matti; Saarela, Martti; Savela, Hannu; Hänninen, Kai; Jokela, Harri (2018) Growth management priorities of technology-based micro-enterprises in a sparsely populated region. In: MakeLearn & TIIM 2018, Integrated Economy and Society: Diversity, Creativity, and Technology Proceedings of the MakeLearn and TIIM International Conference 16–18 May 2018, Naples, Italy, ML2018-145. http://www.toknowpress.net/ISBN/978-961-6914-23-9/papers/ML2018-145.pdf
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Micro-enterprises represent more than 95% of European enterprises. In the European Union, smaller firms contribute to job creation on a larger scale than larger firms; however, micro-enterprise is only occasionally present as a unit of analysis in the European management literature. In particular, there is a lack of literature concerning the early-stage growth management priorities of micro-enterprises. Furthermore, location is a key factor in business development, and several studies have indicated differences between urban and sparsely populated areas. To address this gap, this multiple-case study aims to answer the following research question: What are the critical managerial incidents that occur during the growth of technology-based micro-enterprises in sparsely populated regions? The study answers this question by analysing and describing in detail the management priorities of the owner-managers of five technology-based micro-enterprises located in a sparsely populated region.
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