Call for papers in HSR special issue

Entrepreneurial Groups: definitions, forms, and historic change

In this special issue, we focus on entrepreneurship as collective action undergone by entrepreneurial groups, which can be broadly defined as a small number of people investing time, resources and effort to pursue an entrepreneurial project. Lately, entrepreneurship research is rethinking its unit of analysis – a debate so fundamental in its impact that it may ring in a paradigm shift. The realization is growing that entrepreneurship is most often undertaken collectively. Empirical findings of a number of fragmented research streams highlight the need to conceptualize the collective actors of entrepreneurship in a relational way (Ruef and Lounsbury, 2007; Ruef, 2010) such as research on founding teams (e.g. Visintin and Pittino, 2014), family business research (e.g. Sharma et al., 2012), or ethnic entrepreneurship (e.g. Casson and Godley, 2005, 2010). The emerging paradigm of a relational approach to entrepreneurship treats the empirical phenomena as new whereas historical studies suggest that entrepreneurial groups have been present all along, but have taken different forms across time and cultures. A historic perspective calls to attend to the historic circumstances of group formation and change. Through this call, we aim to portray and integrate various historic and current forms of collective engagement in entrepreneurship. We adopt the view that the concept of entrepreneurial groups can function as an overarching term for various tie compositions among group members such as spouses (i.e. copreneurs), family members (i.e. entrepreneurial families), friends, or members of migrant communities that jointly engage in entrepreneurship. We invite authors to exhibit the social and historic circumstances of group formation and their development, to clarify relational dynamics among group members, and to capture those mechanisms by which their entrepreneurial capacity is mobilized. By scrutinizing various historic and current forms of entrepreneurial groups, we intend to further a discussion about the collective actors of entrepreneurship.

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The team is growing..

We are happy to let you know that Dr. Michael Weinhardt and Marie Gutzeit will be joining our research project!
Ms. Gutzeit will be working in sub-project 2 beginning June 1st, whereas Dr. Weinhardt will join to head sub-project 1 on July 1st.

Workshop "Entrepreneurial Families"

We hosted approximately thirty BA and MBA students from the University of Alberta, Canada, on their European Study Tour. Our workshop with Prof. Vern Glaser’s students aimed to gain an understanding of entrepreneurial families from a sociological perspective.

SP1 is running!

The data is here, the access is ready and our research for sub-project one is underway.

Cooperation with business consultancy

We are excited to inform you about yet another cooperation within the research project. We will be cooperating with the German business consultancy "Familienwerte". Our mutual goal is to focus on researching entrepreneurship as a collective activity of families who engage into businesses simultaneously and successively - a field also known as "Family Venturing".

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