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Labor-management relations in start-ups can be described from two perspectives: as part of a wider corporate strategy (for example, when new subsidiaries are established overseas) and in terms of start-ups from scratch, based on the initiative of an individual entrepreneur together with partners. The latter type of start-up is the focus here, particularly “high-tech” or knowledge-intensive start-ups, which have special needs.

Conceptualizing the birth, youth, and mature age of a firm as a life cycle, the start-up period coincides with the venture's birth as well as its childhood and even youth; there is no consensus regarding the precise time one reserves for the start-up period. However, according to the Farlex Financial Dictionary a start-up is defined as a company in its earliest stage of development, usually ...

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