Venturing together! Cross-disciplinary network on the microdynamics, activities and development of entrepreneurial groups


Network topic and its relevance in current scientific discourse:

The field of entrepreneurship is at the verge of a paradigm shift: we observe multiple strands of research that emphasize the process of entrepreneuring as collective action undertaken by entrepreneurial groups. These groups have been defined as sets of individuals that jointly discover, evaluate and exploit opportunities (Klotz, Hmieleski, Bradley, & Busenitz, 2014; Ruef, 2010). The increased interest in studying collective engagement in entrepreneurship easily obscures the fact that the empirical and conceptual knowledge about entrepreneurial groups, their micro-dynamics, activities and development is fragmented at best. This unsatisfactory state of research on entrepreneurial groups is particularly surprising given that the empirical phenomenon is not new at all (e.g. Kocka, 1981; Mellewigt & Späth, 2002), and that its relevance for an understanding of economic and entrepreneurial process has long been recognized (e.g. Kamm, Shuman, Seeger, & Nurick, 1990; Gartner, Shaver, Gatewood, & Katz, 1994). At present, two main issues constrain a systematic rethinking of entrepreneurship as collective activity: First, we see halting exchange between management scholars, that largely dominate entrepreneurship research (Landström et al., 2012), social psychologists and sociologist. Second, studying entrepreneurial groups requires a heightened complexity of the research design. The proposed research network is a collaboration of 15 researchers in sociology, entrepreneurship and social psychology from Germany and Sweden who are empirically studying the dynamics in entrepreneurial groups. Our work plan includes three research and three knowledge transfer meetings. More specifically, we address the issues of micro-dynamics, activities and trajectories of entrepreneurial groups in two 1,5 day meetings and a research conference. During these events, we reflect upon our research findings, engage in discussions with international speakers, and exchange our methodological knowledge. The second phase of the proposed network features three 1,5 day meetings dedicated to transferring knowledge into the areas of organization theory, entrepreneurial education and policy-making. Overall, this network will contribute to fill important gaps in the conceptual and empirical knowledge about entrepreneurial groups, integrate sociological approaches into the study of this phenomenon, and raise awareness for the relevance of studying collective entrepreneurship in the field of sociology.
The network is funded by the DFG.


Network members:

Dr. Maren Borkert, Marie Gutzeit, Dr. Friedericke Hardering, Katharina Scheidgen, Dr. Isabell Stamm, Dr. Michael Weinhardt, Rebecka Persson, Prof. Dr. Anna Brattström, Prof. Dr. Nicola Breugst, Prof. Dr. Frédéric Delmar, Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer, Pamela Nowell, Rebecca Preller, Lee Sho (Sasa) Tsoi, Eva Weissenböck


Next meetings:

Research Meeting 2: Activities
Date: 1-2 April 2019
Place: Technical University Munich
Content: This meeting focuses on the various venturing activities of entrepreneurial groups including internal decision-making and external expectations for action. The discussion is enriched by an input on gender and social mobility aspects of entrepreneurial activity and features a methods focus on field experiments.

Research Meeting 3: Conference on Entrepreneurial Group Trajectories
Date: 25-27 September 2019
Place: Technical University Berlin
Content: This research conference focuses on the long-term development of entrepreneurial groups. Selected empirical contributions on transitions and watersheds in the trajectory of a group will be discussed. In addition, the conference will feature a panel discussion on the data-infrastructure to study long-term group development. It will also host a workshop on longitudinal network analysis. 



Speaker of the network: Dr. Isabell Stamm
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Tel.: +4930 314 27942

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