Your thesis will be part of a research project focused on “predicting start-up success”. Especially in the early phases of start-up creation, there are no objective criteria for evaluating start-ups. Although there is consensus that team dynamics and personality are predictors for start-up success in these early phases, there is only little empirical research that has studied these factors as predictors for start-up success.
🦾Who We Are
The Chair for Strategy and Organization is focused on research with impact. This means we do not want to repeat old ideas and base our research solely on the research people did 10 years ago. Instead, we currently research topics that will shape the future. Topics such as Agile Organizations and Digital Disruption, Blockchain Technology, Creativity and Innovation, Digital Transformation and Business Model Innovation, Diversity, Education: Education Technology and Performance Management, HRTech, Leadership, and Teams. We are always early in noticing trends, technologies, strategies, and organizations that shape the future, which has its ups and downs.
The goal is to analyze leading publications/academic journals in the field, regarding variables and metrics that are being used to measure whether a start-up is successful. The variables will span across the areas: funding variables, financial success, founder success variables, social media buzz, etc. The academic viewpoint could be contrasted with the practitioners side, to give a comprehensive overview.
Explicit deliverables will include:
- Overview of current definitions of start-up and start-up success in academia and among practitioners (~ within 1. month)
- Overview of current variables/metrics of start-up success in academia and among practitioners (~ within 2. month)
The scope of the thesis will be determined based on your background and type of thesis / project study.
🧠 Topics of Interest
- Start-ups / entrepreneurship
- Venture capitalists / investors
- Financial metrics
- Reliable and self-driven
- Enthusiasm for start-ups
- Ability to do internet and desk research as well as connect with practitioners
- Passion to learn more about the future and do research with impact
📚 Further Reading
- Jin, L., K. Madison, N. D. Kraiczy, F. W. Kellermanns, T. R. Crook, and J. Xi (2017). “Entrepreneurial team composition characteristics and new venture performance: A meta-analysis”. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 41(5): 743–771.
- Klotz, A. C., Hmieleski, K. M., Bradley, B. H., & Busenitz, L. W. (2014). New Venture Teams: A Review of the Literature and Roadmap for Future Research. Journal of Management, 40(1), 226–255.
How to Evaluate a Startup (for Success)
This post is part of a series titled, " How to Select Your Next Job ". I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments section below! If you're a Software Engineer, Product Manager, or Data Scientist without a tech background, it can often be difficult to evaluate startups.
📄 Requirements to any Work
We do not want your research to gather dust in some corner of bookshelf but make it accessible to the world. Thus, we warmly encourage you to create some or all of the following:
- Infograph - visually represent some of your work (find examples here)
- Slide Deck - summarize your research and possibly present it
- Extract most important sequences from podcasts, videos, and other media
- 3-4 Tweets about the most important findings and summarizing the topic
- optional: Medium Article - let people outside the university know about your research and start your personal brand
📬 How to Apply
If you are interested, please contact Riccarda Joas (e-mail below) by submitting your CV and grade report. Please also briefly outline your experience/knowledge and - if applicable - your tentative research idea (research question, methods and data, possible outcomes with a tentative outline all in word as *.docx)
We're greatly looking forward to hearing more about you!