Research Group

Dr. Isabell Stamm - Group Leader

Isabell Stamm heads the research group since January 2017. She is the first sociologist awarded with a prestigious Freigeist Fellowship by VolkswagenFoundation. Previously, Isabell worked as post-doctoral researcher at the University of California Berkeley (with Heather Haveman) on a 2,5 year DFG-funded project on life course dynamics in American Entrepreneurial Families. She studied sociology and business management at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg and at the New School for Social Research in New York. She completed her doctoral work on succession with Prof. Martin Kohli at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interest include capitalist dynamics, collective engagement in entrepreneurship, and cooperative methods. Recent articles appeared in the Family Business Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Forum Qualitative Research. A recent article on entrepreneurial legacies that she co-authored with Frank Barbera and Rocki-Lee DeWitt was distinguished best published paper in FBR 2018. She is initiator of the DFG-Network “Venturing Together!” and was recently appointed co-chair of the standing working group “Arbeit der Selbständigen”.

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Phone: +49 (0)30 314 279 42


Dr. Michael Weinhardt - Post-Doctoral Researcher

Michael Weinhardt joined the project group in July 2017. As postdoctoral researcher he is heading the Sub-Project „Long-term development of entrepreneurial groups”.  Previously, Michael worked as a survey manager for the European Social Survey (ESS) at Bielefeld University and as postgraduate student at the Socio-economic Panel Study (SOEP) at DIW Berlin. He has studied social economics at Hamburg University, gained a masters in sociology from the London School of Economics, and – after an interims stop as data manager – became a graduate fellow at DIW and Freie Universität Berlin. In 2014 he completed his doctoral work on "The influence of values on career selection and the transgenerational transmission of social inequality – micro analysis for Germany“. His research interests include methods of social research, the sociology of organizations and social stratification. Recent articles appeared in the Journal of Economics and Statistics, Organizational Dynamics and Methods, Data, Analyses (mda).

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Marie Gutzeit - Research Assistant

Marie Gutzeit joined the project "Entrepreneurial Group Dynamics" in June 2017.  As a research assistant and PhD candidate she is working in the Sub-Project "Implementing imagined future: Innovation projects in entrepreneurial groups". She holds a Diplom in sociology (2016) with a minor in psychology from the TU Dresden. In her diploma thesis she conducted an ethnograpical study in an intentional community in Saxony. She investigated the community´s  group dynamics through the category of time. Using Bourdieu´s field theory, she outlined, for example, the importance of (having) time for the everyday life and for the community identity. In 2014, she studied sociology and history at the New University of Lisbon (NOVA) . During this period she was also a student assistant in the project "ESCXEL - Network of School of Excellence" at the Centre for Sociolgy Studies (former CESNOVA, now CICS.NOVA).

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Johannes Lindenau - Student Assistant

In 2018, Johannes Lindenau joined the research group to support the building of the database. He is currenty studying Sociology at the Technical University Berlin.

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