Entrepreneurs and teams


Entrepreneurs and teams ifm Mannheim

More than four million people are self-employed in Germany. The motives, characteristics, and general conditions vary from person to person just as much as their location and design of the entrepreneurial activity. The focus of the competence field "Entrepreneurs and Teams" is therefore on the one hand the investigation of individual and micro-social factors affecting the entrepreneurial intentions as well as the entrepreneurial success of individuals and founding teams. On the other hand, dynamics within teams and private professional networks and their effects on innovations, economic success, and the sustainability of start-up projects are of particular interest.

 

More than four million people are self-employed in Germany. The motives, characteristics, and general conditions vary from person to person just as much as their location and design of the entrepreneurial activity. The focus of the competence field "Entrepreneurs and Teams" is therefore on the one hand the investigation of individual and micro-social factors affecting the entrepreneurial intentions as well as the entrepreneurial success of individuals and founding teams. On the other hand, dynamics within teams and private professional networks and their effects on innovations, economic success, and the sustainability of start-up projects are of particular interest.

The investigation of backgrounds, characteristics, strategies, and behaviors of entrepreneurs (of entrepreneurially-thinking and acting people), is in the foreground of the competence field"entrepreneurs and teams". On the one hand, the focus is on the person of the founder. On the other hand, the entrepreneur is subjected to a closer analysis in the interaction in the founding team and with its micro-social network. The research focus can be specific groups of entrepreneurs (e.g.female entrepreneurship) or dedicated industries (e.g. technology entrepreneurship). Here the focus is on the individual's resources, such as education, experience or material capital, as well as personality factors. At the ifm Mannheim, research is also carried out to determine the extent to which individual and team-related behavioral aspects and framework conditions affect entrepreneurial success and resilience in times of crisis (resilience). Risk industries and highly dynamic environments are of particular interest here.

Projects on this topic

Contacts for this topic

Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Raum:  106
Telefon:  +49 621 1812273
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Prof. Dr. Suleika Bort
Dr. Niclas Rüffer
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Dr. Robert Strohmeyer
Raum:  109
Telefon:  +49 621 1812895
Fax:  +49 621 1812892
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Dr. Andrew Isaak
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Publications

ifm research awarded @EURAM (09.12.20)
Marc Kowalzick (ifm, Chair of SME Research and Entrepreneurship) and Moritz Appels (Chair of Sustainable Business) were awarded the 2020 Best Paper Award in Strategic Management during last weekend’s conference of the European Academy of Management (EURAM). The annual EURAM conference is one of the most important European conferences for management research and, this year, took place virtually from December 4th to 6th. mehr...
ifm wins IECER best paper award (20.11.20)
The paper „Business on the Line: Entrepreneurs and Family Firms in Crises” authored by Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Marc Kowalzick (both ifm/Uni Mannheim), Jochim G. Lauterbach (TU Munich) and Jennifer L. Petriglieri (INSEAD) was awarded as best conference paper at this year’s virtual IECER conference. IECER is an annual international conference on entrepreneurship, attended by researchers and business and government representatives from around the world. A central aspect on the article's data set on family firms was received as a courtesy of the chair of Prof. Kaserer (TU Munich). mehr...
Luca Castellanza veröffentlicht Artikel zu Female Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries im Journal of Business Venturing: "Discipline, abjection, and poverty alleviation through entrepreneurship (online first im Mai 2020) (25.06.20)
Collective entrepreneurship has been found to alleviate extreme poverty by helping poor individuals integrate into their societies and overcome their multiple intertwined liabilities. The author complements this line of inquiry by exploring the conditions under which group structures may instead reinforce economic poverty constraints. mehr...
Studie von Magnus Schückes über neue Formen der Unternehmensfinanzierung im Journal “Small Business Economics” erschienen (18.05.20)
Im Rahmen der Special Issue “The entrepreneurial finance markets of the future: a comparison of crowdfunding and initial coin offerings” des Fachjournals Small Business Economics ist die Forschungsarbeit von Magnus Schückes mit dem Titel “Why do startups pursue initial coin offerings (ICOs)? The role of economic drivers and social identity on funding choice” in Zusammenarbeit mit Tobias Gutmann (EBS Business School) erschienen. mehr...
MCEI Accelerator Formats - Kicking Off 2020 (09.03.20)
On February 15 and February 22, MCEI kicked off its spring semester accelerator formats Thinking Beyond Boxes (Bachelor, MAN 453) and Entrepreneurial Spirit (Master, MAN 633). Dr. Bettina Müller, Dr. Jan Zybura, and doctoral candidate Thomas Hipp were welcoming highly motivated students striving to make a difference either by advancing their own startups or by helping one of MCEI’s partner startups to reach the next level in an Inside the Venture (ITV) project. But what do we actually do in our course accelerator formats and what is the ITV concept? mehr...
Der Artikel "The Influence of Multinational Corporations on International Alliance Formation Behavior of Colocated Start-Ups" von Barak S. Aharonson, Suleika Bort und Michael Woywode ist in Organization Science (VHB: A+) online first erschienen (27.02.20)
In dem Artikel zeigen wir, dass die Theorie des stellvertretenden Lernens (vicarious learning) einen geeigneten Rahmen bietet, um zu verstehen, wie kleine und mittlere Start-ups aus der Tätigkeit einer Vielzahl regionaler Akteure lernen können, nicht nur aus der Tätigkeit der benachbarten Peer-Unternehmen (dh anderer Start-ups). . Darüber hinaus schlagen wir vor, dass das Ausmaß der Auswirkungen des stellvertretenden Lernens durch die spezifischen Erfahrungen eines Unternehmens mit einer Vielzahl von Akteuren beeinflusst wird. Wir verwenden Längsschnittdaten der deutscher Biotechnologieindustrie und der pharmazeutischen Industrie, insbesondere multinationaler Pharmaunternehmen (MNCs) zwischen 1996 und 2015 in 19 deutschen Biotechnologieregionen. mehr...
"Ultimate Dream Management" - A new management technique for crowdfunding and the sharing economy unveiled (VHB: A publication - open access) (11.12.19)
Young researchers from the University of Mannheim and the IfM describe a new management technique that centers around dreams of many and is particularly apt and performance enhancing in the information systems-enabled context of our modern digital society. The technique is generalizable, for instance managing shared desires or dreams of a crowd is also of relevance for the current debate on climate change. The researchers will present their results at the worlds leading information systems conference. The publication and full read can be openly accessed via the link below. mehr...
Evaluation of the course "Strategic Management, Sociology and Psychology in the Family Business" is online! (07.10.19)
The seminar "Strategic Management, Sociology and Psychology in the Family Business" achieved very high grades and was described by students as "best and most comprehensive course I have participated in during my business studies" and to have an "outstanding & inspiring atmosphere". Overall, the course was rated 1,2 and was held by Assistant Prof. Dr. Ahrens and Dr. Iuliia Shkrabaliuk (lecturers rated 1,0), while the STATA-tutorial was given by Baris Istipliler and Marc Kowalzick (both PhD students). The complete course evaluation is attached. The application for MAN 770 Spring is open. mehr...
Jan-Philipp Ahrens and Baris Istipliler describe new management technique for the sharing economy [accepted for publication, VHB: A] (04.10.19)
In their recent research, the authors (Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Assistant Prof. Area Management, Baris Istipliler, PhD student Area Management, Andrew Isaak, Assistant Prof. Univ. Düsseldorf, and Dennis Steiniger, Assistant Prof. Univ. Augsburg) observe a novel management technique whose emergence is facilitated by recent developments in information systems-enabled contexts and which is particularly apt for steering and managing shared desires or dreams of a crowd, a topic of relevance also for the current debate on climate change. For the team of young researchers it is the second VHB A publication within 12 months, a time-span during which their research was nominated or honored with 6 peer reviewed awards.
For a better future! Conference track on sustainability and family firms organised by Prof. Hauser (HTW Chur) and Assistant Prof. Ahrens (Uni Mannheim) (16.07.19)
Bringing together researchers from multiple backgrounds and countries to discuss how family firms can adress critical societal challenges of our time and transition towards a sustainable, green and equitable economy, Prof. Hauser (HTW Chur) and Assistant Prof. Ahrens (Uni Mannheim) organize a track at the 17th Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research which this year takes place in the Netherlands. mehr...
Master Theses are offered: Family Firms in the US (10.07.19)
Family Firm Researchers at the Chair of SME Research and Entrepreneurship offer master students a unique opportunity to write their theses on family firms in the US context. Students will have a chance to learn and apply the state-of-the-art techniques in research by compiling and using a unique dataset of S&P 1500 firms in the US. mehr...
Assistant Prof. Dr. Ahrens teaches "Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Approaches" at the Summer School of Mannheim University (10.07.19)
Today’s economic landscape is influenced by highly innovative ventures of two major groups: Young entrepreneurial start-ups such as Tesla, and existing firms such as IBM or Google with strong intrapreneurial activities and innovation management. But how can we manage innovation, how can we lever entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial resources and capabilities? What are key entrepreneurial competencies of founders and (future) top level executives in today’s fast moving digital business world? These are the topics covered at this year's summer school at Mannheim University. Light is also shed on techniques for competitive positioning and strategic dimensions of recent developments such as digitalization and their implications for new ventures and business models.
Jan-Philipp Ahrens und Baris Istipliler organize conference track on family firm management & governance at the European Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Lisbon (24.06.19)
Together with co-proponents from the USA (Columbia University, Wharton School, University of North Carolina, University of Nevada Las Vegas), France (INSEAD), Hong-Kong (HKU), Switzerland (HTWC), Belgium (University of Antwerp), The Netherlands (University of Nyenrode), Italy (University of Foggia and Tor Vergata), and Germany (University of Hamburg and University of Magdeburg) scientists of the IfM/Management Area organize a conference track on family firm management & governance at Europe's largest annual management conference. The track was initiated and is chaired by Assistant Prof. Jan-Philipp Ahrens. mehr...
Assistant Prof. Dr. Ahrens holds executive workshop on the secrets of German Family Firm Management (18.06.19)
What are typical strategic leadership techniques in German family firms? Why do family firm leaders so often emphasize investments in human capital, responsibility, and a unique and vibrant firm culture? How can family firms ensure a continuous and sustainable innovation culture while they often operate in remote regions? These were some of the questions adressed in the executive workshop organized by the chair for Entrepreneurship and SME-Research of the University of Mannheim.
Assistant Prof. Dr. Ahrens gives speech on "Intergenerational Responsibility" at Lemberg University (07.06.19)
Under the title "Responsibility across Generations" Lemberg Catholic University hosted an international conference on the responsibility of family businesses for society – e.g. sustainability, responsible consumption, charity, social responsibility – as well as responsibilities of family companies for themselves – e.g. family constitutions, stakeholder agreements, succession planinng, and social capital nuturing. As a platform for family businesses, civil society actors, and research institutions fostering sustainable economic development, the conference was co-organized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Talks

ifm research awarded @EURAM (09.12.20)
Marc Kowalzick (ifm, Chair of SME Research and Entrepreneurship) and Moritz Appels (Chair of Sustainable Business) were awarded the 2020 Best Paper Award in Strategic Management during last weekend’s conference of the European Academy of Management (EURAM). The annual EURAM conference is one of the most important European conferences for management research and, this year, took place virtually from December 4th to 6th. mehr...
ifm wins IECER best paper award (20.11.20)
The paper „Business on the Line: Entrepreneurs and Family Firms in Crises” authored by Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Marc Kowalzick (both ifm/Uni Mannheim), Jochim G. Lauterbach (TU Munich) and Jennifer L. Petriglieri (INSEAD) was awarded as best conference paper at this year’s virtual IECER conference. IECER is an annual international conference on entrepreneurship, attended by researchers and business and government representatives from around the world. A central aspect on the article's data set on family firms was received as a courtesy of the chair of Prof. Kaserer (TU Munich). mehr...
Luca Castellanza veröffentlicht Artikel zu Female Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries im Journal of Business Venturing: "Discipline, abjection, and poverty alleviation through entrepreneurship (online first im Mai 2020) (25.06.20)
Collective entrepreneurship has been found to alleviate extreme poverty by helping poor individuals integrate into their societies and overcome their multiple intertwined liabilities. The author complements this line of inquiry by exploring the conditions under which group structures may instead reinforce economic poverty constraints. mehr...
Studie von Magnus Schückes über neue Formen der Unternehmensfinanzierung im Journal “Small Business Economics” erschienen (18.05.20)
Im Rahmen der Special Issue “The entrepreneurial finance markets of the future: a comparison of crowdfunding and initial coin offerings” des Fachjournals Small Business Economics ist die Forschungsarbeit von Magnus Schückes mit dem Titel “Why do startups pursue initial coin offerings (ICOs)? The role of economic drivers and social identity on funding choice” in Zusammenarbeit mit Tobias Gutmann (EBS Business School) erschienen. mehr...
MCEI Accelerator Formats - Kicking Off 2020 (09.03.20)
On February 15 and February 22, MCEI kicked off its spring semester accelerator formats Thinking Beyond Boxes (Bachelor, MAN 453) and Entrepreneurial Spirit (Master, MAN 633). Dr. Bettina Müller, Dr. Jan Zybura, and doctoral candidate Thomas Hipp were welcoming highly motivated students striving to make a difference either by advancing their own startups or by helping one of MCEI’s partner startups to reach the next level in an Inside the Venture (ITV) project. But what do we actually do in our course accelerator formats and what is the ITV concept? mehr...
Der Artikel "The Influence of Multinational Corporations on International Alliance Formation Behavior of Colocated Start-Ups" von Barak S. Aharonson, Suleika Bort und Michael Woywode ist in Organization Science (VHB: A+) online first erschienen (27.02.20)
In dem Artikel zeigen wir, dass die Theorie des stellvertretenden Lernens (vicarious learning) einen geeigneten Rahmen bietet, um zu verstehen, wie kleine und mittlere Start-ups aus der Tätigkeit einer Vielzahl regionaler Akteure lernen können, nicht nur aus der Tätigkeit der benachbarten Peer-Unternehmen (dh anderer Start-ups). . Darüber hinaus schlagen wir vor, dass das Ausmaß der Auswirkungen des stellvertretenden Lernens durch die spezifischen Erfahrungen eines Unternehmens mit einer Vielzahl von Akteuren beeinflusst wird. Wir verwenden Längsschnittdaten der deutscher Biotechnologieindustrie und der pharmazeutischen Industrie, insbesondere multinationaler Pharmaunternehmen (MNCs) zwischen 1996 und 2015 in 19 deutschen Biotechnologieregionen. mehr...
"Ultimate Dream Management" - A new management technique for crowdfunding and the sharing economy unveiled (VHB: A publication - open access) (11.12.19)
Young researchers from the University of Mannheim and the IfM describe a new management technique that centers around dreams of many and is particularly apt and performance enhancing in the information systems-enabled context of our modern digital society. The technique is generalizable, for instance managing shared desires or dreams of a crowd is also of relevance for the current debate on climate change. The researchers will present their results at the worlds leading information systems conference. The publication and full read can be openly accessed via the link below. mehr...
Evaluation of the course "Strategic Management, Sociology and Psychology in the Family Business" is online! (07.10.19)
The seminar "Strategic Management, Sociology and Psychology in the Family Business" achieved very high grades and was described by students as "best and most comprehensive course I have participated in during my business studies" and to have an "outstanding & inspiring atmosphere". Overall, the course was rated 1,2 and was held by Assistant Prof. Dr. Ahrens and Dr. Iuliia Shkrabaliuk (lecturers rated 1,0), while the STATA-tutorial was given by Baris Istipliler and Marc Kowalzick (both PhD students). The complete course evaluation is attached. The application for MAN 770 Spring is open. mehr...
Jan-Philipp Ahrens and Baris Istipliler describe new management technique for the sharing economy [accepted for publication, VHB: A] (04.10.19)
In their recent research, the authors (Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Assistant Prof. Area Management, Baris Istipliler, PhD student Area Management, Andrew Isaak, Assistant Prof. Univ. Düsseldorf, and Dennis Steiniger, Assistant Prof. Univ. Augsburg) observe a novel management technique whose emergence is facilitated by recent developments in information systems-enabled contexts and which is particularly apt for steering and managing shared desires or dreams of a crowd, a topic of relevance also for the current debate on climate change. For the team of young researchers it is the second VHB A publication within 12 months, a time-span during which their research was nominated or honored with 6 peer reviewed awards.
For a better future! Conference track on sustainability and family firms organised by Prof. Hauser (HTW Chur) and Assistant Prof. Ahrens (Uni Mannheim) (16.07.19)
Bringing together researchers from multiple backgrounds and countries to discuss how family firms can adress critical societal challenges of our time and transition towards a sustainable, green and equitable economy, Prof. Hauser (HTW Chur) and Assistant Prof. Ahrens (Uni Mannheim) organize a track at the 17th Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research which this year takes place in the Netherlands. mehr...
Master Theses are offered: Family Firms in the US (10.07.19)
Family Firm Researchers at the Chair of SME Research and Entrepreneurship offer master students a unique opportunity to write their theses on family firms in the US context. Students will have a chance to learn and apply the state-of-the-art techniques in research by compiling and using a unique dataset of S&P 1500 firms in the US. mehr...
Assistant Prof. Dr. Ahrens teaches "Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Approaches" at the Summer School of Mannheim University (10.07.19)
Today’s economic landscape is influenced by highly innovative ventures of two major groups: Young entrepreneurial start-ups such as Tesla, and existing firms such as IBM or Google with strong intrapreneurial activities and innovation management. But how can we manage innovation, how can we lever entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial resources and capabilities? What are key entrepreneurial competencies of founders and (future) top level executives in today’s fast moving digital business world? These are the topics covered at this year's summer school at Mannheim University. Light is also shed on techniques for competitive positioning and strategic dimensions of recent developments such as digitalization and their implications for new ventures and business models.
Jan-Philipp Ahrens und Baris Istipliler organize conference track on family firm management & governance at the European Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Lisbon (24.06.19)
Together with co-proponents from the USA (Columbia University, Wharton School, University of North Carolina, University of Nevada Las Vegas), France (INSEAD), Hong-Kong (HKU), Switzerland (HTWC), Belgium (University of Antwerp), The Netherlands (University of Nyenrode), Italy (University of Foggia and Tor Vergata), and Germany (University of Hamburg and University of Magdeburg) scientists of the IfM/Management Area organize a conference track on family firm management & governance at Europe's largest annual management conference. The track was initiated and is chaired by Assistant Prof. Jan-Philipp Ahrens. mehr...
Assistant Prof. Dr. Ahrens holds executive workshop on the secrets of German Family Firm Management (18.06.19)
What are typical strategic leadership techniques in German family firms? Why do family firm leaders so often emphasize investments in human capital, responsibility, and a unique and vibrant firm culture? How can family firms ensure a continuous and sustainable innovation culture while they often operate in remote regions? These were some of the questions adressed in the executive workshop organized by the chair for Entrepreneurship and SME-Research of the University of Mannheim.
Assistant Prof. Dr. Ahrens gives speech on "Intergenerational Responsibility" at Lemberg University (07.06.19)
Under the title "Responsibility across Generations" Lemberg Catholic University hosted an international conference on the responsibility of family businesses for society – e.g. sustainability, responsible consumption, charity, social responsibility – as well as responsibilities of family companies for themselves – e.g. family constitutions, stakeholder agreements, succession planinng, and social capital nuturing. As a platform for family businesses, civil society actors, and research institutions fostering sustainable economic development, the conference was co-organized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
 
Initiativen und Portale des ifm:
Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Dr. Andrew Isaak
Dr. Robert Strohmeyer
Dr. Robert Strohmeyer
Dr. Niclas Rüffer
Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Dr. Andrew Isaak
Dr. Niclas Rüffer