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Public Business Services for SMEs – Best Practices in Sparsely Populated Area


  • Martti Saarela

    (University of Oulu, Finland)

  • Matti Muhos

    (University of Oulu, Finland)

  • Eija-Riitta Niinikoski

    (University of Oulu, Finland)


The aim of this study is to describe the public business services for SMEs in sparsely populated areas. This study’s research problem can be condensed into the following research questions: 1) How are the public business services organised in Oulu South? 2) From the service provider’s perspective, what are the best practices in the three examined case regions? The research questions are answered by analysing and comparing the supply of public business services of the three subregions in Oulu South. As a result of this multiple case study, the services for SMEs and best practises within a rural context are clarified.

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  • Martti Saarela & Matti Muhos & Eija-Riitta Niinikoski, 2012. "Public Business Services for SMEs – Best Practices in Sparsely Populated Area," MIC 2012: Managing Transformation with Creativity; Proceedings of the 13th International Conference, Budapest, 22–24 November 2012 [Selected Papers], University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper.
  • Handle: RePEc:mgt:micp12:317-332

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