Implementing imagined futures

This sub-project pertains to the transitional phase of large-scale innovation projects as ideal moment to study what kind of dynamics
unfold in entrepreneurial groups, when the initial approach to innovation requires active modification. It seeks to answer the questions:
How do these groups renegotiate imagined futures for the business? And how do they (re)mobilize sources and build trust given that
market and industry demands as well as their relationships have changed?

15 in-depth case studies of the long term development of entrepreneurial groups that have undergone large scale innovation projects
form the core to analyze these questions. The sample starts out using university spin-offs and then systematically compares between
group compositions varying in terms of size, tie relations, constituting contexts (e.g. university spin-off vs. company spin-offs vs.
entrepreneurial couples), and industries. Each case study will analyze from their inception, the dynamics within entrepreneurial groups
with a particular interest on how group composition (size, type of tie, diversity) relates to types of innovative practices; and on the
capability of entrepreneurial groups to innovate.

In addition to document analysis and archival work, one group-discussion per case will be conducted. Multiple members of one entrepreneurial
group are asked to jointly narrate the development of their entrepreneurial activities. A special focus is set on the events leading to and the
process of their large scale innovation project. Finally, the group is asked to reconstruct the original group constellation and how it has changed
using network cards. This procedure reveals how the entrepreneurial group communicates imagined futures for the business, allocates
resources and ascribes roles for the innovation project.

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