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Management Priorities Of Technology-Based Growth Ventures In Two Finnish High-Tech Business Contexts

Anna-Mari Simunaniemi, Matti Muhos and Martti Saarela
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Anna-Mari Simunaniemi: University of Oulu, Finland
Matti Muhos: University of Oulu, Finland
Martti Saarela: University of Oulu, Finland

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Abstract: New knowledge about growth in technology-based growth ventures is needed to strengthen business development within its context. This retrospective multiple-case study clarifies the context-specific viewpoints related to the early stages of technology-intensive companies in two cities in Finland by addressing research question: What are the management priorities of technology-intensive growth ventures in Finnish high-tech contexts? Using the sequential incident technique and semi-structured interviews, managers of ten companies were asked to describe their business growth. The study tests the applicability of a literature-based framework for the early stages of growth in technology companies and analyses context-specific viewpoints. By taking account of the context, the study provides new insights into the growth and management of technology-intensive companies and special characteristics of different high tech contexts. Moreover, the results provided evidence for the applicability of the framework in the selected contexs.

Keywords: growth management; business growth; technology-intensive companies; business contexts; sequential incident technique; multiple-case study (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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