Entrepreneurial organizations


Entrepreneurial organizations ifm Mannheim

As growth drivers of economic systems, start-ups and the sustainable development of organizations are an essential factor. Around 800,000 companies are founded in Germany every year, half of them in full-time employment. Understanding how and why these start-ups are successful in the long term is of central importance for politics, research, and corporate practice. Accordingly, ifm Mannheim deals with the questions of how new companies are created, how they develop and why they may fail.

 

The emergence, development and failure of young companies is the topic of research in the area ofcompetence “entrepreneurial organization.” It is of interest, for example, how scalable businessmodels can be successfully configured andfinanced. In a rapidly changing environment, businessmodels and their innovations are the essential unit of analysis to understand how start-ups andcompanies can develop successful configurations. The organizational and governance structures alsoplay an important role in scalability and company growth. In addition, the influence of input variablessuch as organizational resources or special technologies on rapid company growth and the survival ofstart-ups is examined.The research also focuses on promising strategies in specific industries, such as the field of high technologies. As part of high-tech entrepreneurship, the influence of technological developments onthe growth, sustainability and economic success of organizations is examined. Questions are alsoexplored as to how targeted innovation and technology management can be successfully used fornew product development or for intrapreneurship approaches.

The increasing digitization and networking of business and society creates new opportunities but alsorisks for start-ups. For this reason, ifm Mannheim also addresses questions such as how informationtechnologies can support the success of young start-ups or how digitalization is changing businessmodels and start-ups.

Last but not least,survival, growth and the performance of newly founded organizations oftendepend on funding from external resource providers. For this reason, general and organization-specific factors of successful financing are subjects ofanalysis in research work at ifm Mannheim

Projects on this topic

Contacts for this topic

Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Raum:  106
Telefon:  +49 621 1812273
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Prof. Robert Allen Isaak, PhD
Raum:  109
Telefon:  +49 621 1812765
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Prof. Dr. Suleika Bort
Dr. Daniela Ernestus, MBA (Alumna)
Dr. Michael Potstada (Alumnus)
 

Publications

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...
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).
MAN 770 Spring 2019 evaluation is online: rated 1,1 by students (29.05.19)
The seminar "Leadership and (Family-) CEOs, Restructuring & Financial Performance" achieved very high grades and was described by students as "the best seminar in MMM" and the "best course in my whole studies!" The guest lectures were perceived as "amazing" and the course's roleplay formats were positively mentioned by students. The complete course evaluation is attached. The application for MAN 770 Fall/Winter is open. mehr...
Master thesis seminar fall/winter 2019: Application is open (MAN 770) (23.05.19)
Students wishing to write their thesis at the ifm/chair of are kindly invited to register for the seminar MAN 770 until the approaching registration deadline for next semester. The seminar will cover a variety of topics at the intersection of entrepreneurship, strategic management, digital data, sociology, psychology, (behaviorial) CEO research, and family firms. The seminar also welcomes students from adjacent study programs of the MMM or MMBR, such as for example students of media and communication studies. mehr...
Two-day seminar in restructuring consulting (powered by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants) - Application opens (06.05.19)
Are you interested in strategic consulting and business restructuring? The Institute for SME Research at the University of Mannheim offers a two-day training to gain insights into this arcane profession. The workshop includes a restructuring simulation of a challenging real-life restructuring scenario. Participants will solve realistic and typical turnaround case issues and – using role play exercises – will put themselves into the position of various parties involved (banks, enterprise, consultants, etc.) to experience what operative turnaround management is about mehr...
Die Familiennachfolge als Wettbewerbsvorteil! IfM Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice Publikation (VHB: A) für wenige Tage frei verfügbar (02.02.19)
New article provides pioneering evidence that a family affiliation of the CEO successor is positively related to post-succession performance. Authored by Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Andrea Calabrò, Jolien Huybrechts, & Michael Woywode.
Unlocked for 7 days here: https://buff.ly/2Wxp5VF mehr...
Master thesis seminar fall/winter 2018: Application is open until 26th of August 2018 (23.07.18)
Students wishing to write their thesis at the ifm are kindly invited to register for the seminar MAN 770 until the 26th of August. The seminar will cover cutting edge research on entrepreneurship, digitalization, professionalization, and strategic management in family firms. mehr...
Two-day seminar in restructuring consulting (powered by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants) - Application opens (06.04.18)
Are you interested in strategic consulting and business restructuring? The Institute for SME Research at the University of Mannheim offers a two-day training to gain insights into this arcane profession. The workshop includes a restructuring simulation of a challenging real-life restructuring scenario. Participants will solve realistic and typical turnaround case issues and – using role play exercises – will put themselves into the position of various parties involved (banks, enterprise, consultants, etc.) to experience what operative turnaround management is about. mehr...
Stellenausschreibung wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft am Lehrstuhl (m/w - 10 Std pro Woche) (30.01.18)
Sie würden gerne neben Ihrem Studium an der Universität Mannheim an einem Lehrstuhl arbeiten? Wir freuen uns auf Ihre aussagekräftige Bewerbung. mehr...
Dr. Suleika Bort und Dipl. Kffr. Marie Oehme wurden mit dem diesjährigen Nachwuchspreis des Verbands der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft ausgezeichnet (20.05.16)
Mit diesem Preis würdigt der Verband alljährlich das Engagement von Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchswissenschaftlern, die ihre wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse an international renommierter Stelle publiziert haben. Der diesjährige Nachwuchspreis des VHB wurde auf der Pfingsttagung des Verbandes in München an zwei Wissenschaftlerinnen des ifm Mannheim verliehen. mehr...
Publikation: It is not just about Competition with "free" - Artikel im Journal of Management Information Systems zur Veröffentlichung angenommen (15.10.15)
In dem Forschungsartikel untersuchen das ifm-Mitglied Dennis Steininger und seine Co-Autoren inwiefern neue digitale Kanäle wie Apps für Smartphones Tablets einen Ausweg aus dem Dilemma der Kostenlosmentalität für die News-Industrie darstellen und zu neuen Zahlungsbereitschaften führen können. mehr...
Two ifm articles accepted for presentation at Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) 2014, Portland (USA) (01.05.14)
The dissertation project "Facilitator or Chock Block - Are CEO Predecessors really Inhibitors to Organizational Change?" of Jan Zybura and the article "Inside CEO Successions in Family Firms: Should the Predecessor Stay Active or Cultivate Roses?" (by Jan-Philipp Ahrens, Michael Woywode, and Jan Zybura) were accepted for presentation at the FERC 2014 meeting of the family business research community. The Family Enterprise Research Conference will take place in June 6-8, 2014, in Portland (USA). It was founded to develop a community of scholars interested in conducting research into understanding family firms and creating usable knowledge in this field. This forum enables scholars to design and develop research projects that are theoretically sound, empirically accurate, and of practical significance to family firms. Plenary speeches will be held by Pramodita Sharma, University of Vermont, and Ritch Sorenson, University of St. Thomas.
Publikation: REACHING FOR SCALABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP: IMPLICATIONS FOR GROWTH AND JOB CREATION (20.02.14)
Bruce Bachenheimer, Robert Isaak (ifm, Visiting Professor Entrepreneurship)
and Andrew Isaak (ifm, Entrepreneurship) haben ein neues Buchkapitel veröffentlicht. mehr...
Publikation: The role of context in science fiction prototyping: The digital industrial revolution (10.12.13)
Publikation in Technological Forecasting & Social Change von Michael Potstada und Jan Zybura,Volume 84, May 2014, Pages 101–114.
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Publikation: Exploring Competitive Advantage of Social Networking Sites (01.07.13)
D. Steininger, P. Wunderlich, F. Pohl (2013)
Exploring Competitive Advantage of Social Networking Sites: A Business Model Perspective
In: Proceedings of the 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2013), 5th to 8th of June 2013, Utrecht, Netherlands. [VHB: B]

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Publikation: Using the Wisdom of the Crowd to Predict Popular Music Chart Success (01.07.13)
D. Steininger, S. Gatzemeier (2013)
Using the Wisdom of the Crowd to Predict Popular Music Chart Success
In: Proceedings of the 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2013), 5th to 8th of June 2013, Utrecht, Netherlands. [VHB: B]

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Publikation: Post Merger Integration in deutsch-chinesischen M&A Transaktionen (21.06.13)
Liu Yipeng und Michael Woywode veröffentlichen den Artikel "Light-touch Integration of Chinese Cross-Border M&A: The Influences of Culture and Absorptive Capacity", Thunderbird International Business Review Vol. 55, No. 4 July/August 2013.

In dem Artikel werden die Integrationsstrategien chinesischer Investoren untersucht, die sich in den letzten Jahren an mittelständischen Unternehmen im deutschen Maschinenbau finanziell beteiligt haben oder diese Unternehmen komplett übernahmen. mehr...
Liu Yipeng veröffentlicht seine Dissertationsschrift mit dem Titel "High Tech Entrepreneurship in China" (20.12.12)
Between 2009 and 2012 Liu Yipeng completed his dissertation at Mannheim University while working in the Entrepreneurship team at the ifm Mannheim. His research interests center on high-tech entrepreneurship in China and the globalization of Chinese firms, especially Chinese cross-border M&As in Europe. In November 2012 Dr. Liu Yipeng took an academic position as lecturer at Kent Business School in England. mehr...
Publikation: High-Tech Start-up Innovation and the Role of Guanxi (21.11.11)
Liu Yipeng, Michael Woywode und Xing Yijun veröffentlichen ihren Beitrag
"High-Tech Start-up Innovation and the Role of Guanxi: An Explorative Study in China from An Institutional Perspective"
in: Prometheus. Critical Studies in Innovation
Voraussichtlicher Erscheinungstermin:
Juni 2012 mehr...
Publikation: Buchbeitrag zu "Chinese M&A in Germany" angenommen (21.11.11)
Liu Yipeng und Michael Woywode veröffentlichen ihren Beitrag "Chinese M&A in Germany" in:
Chinese International Investments
Herausgeber: Ilan Alon, Marc Fetscherin und Philippe Gugler
Palgrave Macmillan, Januar 2012
 
Initiativen und Portale des ifm:
Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Dr. Michael Potstada (Alumnus)
Dr. Michael Potstada (Alumnus)
Dr. Daniela Ernestus, MBA (Alumna)
Dr. Daniela Ernestus, MBA (Alumna)
Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Prof. Robert Allen Isaak, PhD
Prof. Robert Allen Isaak, PhD