What does school tell us about entrepreneurship? Facets of entrepreneurship in German textbooks

Matthias Sehr, University of Siegen, Research assistant at the chair for Contextual Economics and Economic Education

Contact: Matthias.sehr@uni-siegen.de

Abstract

The discussion about more economic education at schools has received increasing impetus over the past 20 years. Points of controversy are not only the content, but also whether more economic education in schools is needed at all. In times of increasing right-wing populism, the demand for more political education is growing. „What does school tell us about entrepreneurship? Facets of entrepreneurship in German textbooks“ weiterlesen

Democratic Entrepreneurship: A systematic analysis

Karoline Braun, external doctoral student at the Chair of Human Resource Management and Organization, University of Siegen

Contact: karoline.braun@uni-siegen.de

Abstract

As a result of the Corona crisis, many workers are being thrown back into traditional conditions and are experiencing a clear sense of foreign domination. Especially in such times of restrictions, the question of possibilities of co-determination in organizations arises more intensively than usual. Beyond that, for many people the restrictions lead to salary losses or even job loss, so that they necessarily have to deal with other, new possibilities to earn a living. From the point of view of companies, too, it seems to make sense to think about leadership, participation and entrepreneurship in order to be able to survive crises better – or at all.

This blog entry from the field of modern entrepreneurship research offers an innovative combination of democracy and entrepreneurship. It is particularly applicable to organizations in the fields of politics, economics and education, but other areas are also conceivable. The developed four-field matrix can be applied from the point of view of employees and entrepreneurs and allows considerations for both new organizations to be founded and for already existing organizations. Users can see from the perspective of the entrepreneur whether a high or low level of democracy seems to make sense for the organization and which aspects of co-determination should be taken into account.

Today there are countless organisations that cannot ensure their continued existence in the long term due to a lack of applicants or unmotivated employees. The situation is influenced by Generation Z, which is currently entering the labour market and has completely different demands on entrepreneurs than its predecessors, as well as by globalization and digitization, which bring additional dynamics into the everyday life of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are strongly advised to consider current developments in management and not to leave the founding or continuation of their company to chance.

„Democratic Entrepreneurship: A systematic analysis“ weiterlesen

What is what? – Cleaning up the digitalization mess (Part 2)

Konrad Meisner, University of Siegen, Research assistant at the chair of Entrepreneurship and Family Business

Contact: Konrad.Meisner@uni-siegen.de

Abstract

Constant changes in production, supply chains, and communication influenced our economy and society already manifold. Likewise, Digitalization impacts the present economic environment, similar to automation or electrification in the past. Though the impact and importance of Digitalization in practice and research rises, a common understanding of the terminology cannot be found. „What is what? – Cleaning up the digitalization mess (Part 2)“ weiterlesen

Story Retold! Why More Sophisticated Methods for the REKOGNITION of Storytelling’s Impact are Needed

Stephanie Weiss, University of Siegen

Abstract

Owing to advancing digitalization, consumers have become more fastidious about the story ventures create about themselves. The increased demand regarding the aesthetical representation of storytelling has prompted many entrepreneurs to trust upon more sophisticated forms, such as images and videos, to create an identity with which they aim to appeal to consumers. „Story Retold! Why More Sophisticated Methods for the REKOGNITION of Storytelling’s Impact are Needed“ weiterlesen

Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Market Failures as its External Drivers

Philipp Köhn, University of Siegen, Chair of Entrepreneurship & Family Business

Abstract

In times of omnipresent discussions on humans caused climate change, each individual is encouraged to behave and act in an environmental-friendly way to keep our planet viable. This is especially valid for the business context, where profit and growth are usually having top priority and social and ecological consequences of economizing are often neglected. „Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Market Failures as its External Drivers“ weiterlesen

Part 1: Entrepreneurship Measurement in Recent Studies: What can we learn?

Natalia Tsatsenko, University of Siegen

Abstract

Over the last decades, the contribution of entrepreneurship to economic growth is broadly recognized. Due to the fact that institutions may shape conditions for the development of entrepreneurship or destroy it, I (institution) is included as a third variable in the relationship between E (entrepreneurship) and EG (economic growth). This discussion consists of two blog entries prepared by Natalia Tsatsenko and Ganira Ibrahimova. „Part 1: Entrepreneurship Measurement in Recent Studies: What can we learn?“ weiterlesen

A Systematization of Unintended Political Actions within the Entrepreneurial Climate

Nicolas Mues, University of Siegen

Abstract

Recent election results and debates in Germany increasingly create uncertainties in society, but also among entrepreneurs. The perceived instability of the political systems and the lengthy coalition negotiations make it difficult for entrepreneurs to foresee the framework conditions for their future actions. „A Systematization of Unintended Political Actions within the Entrepreneurial Climate“ weiterlesen

What is what? – Cleaning up the digitalization mess (Part 1)

Kevin Krause, University of Siegen, Research assistant at the chair of service development in SMEs and crafts

Contact: kevin.krause@uni-siegen.de

Abstract

Digitalization is currently a ubiquitous topic of discussion. It is entering our everyday life in the form of technologies that are indispensable. We also encounter it daily at the workplace. In the jungle of digital terminology, everyone has once or twice certainly lost their way. And this trend is not expected to come to an end; on the contrary, modern entrepreneurship continues to rely more and more on the integration of digital technologies and concepts. „What is what? – Cleaning up the digitalization mess (Part 1)“ weiterlesen

Part 2: How Institutions affect our economic behavior?

Ganira Ibrahimova, University of Siegen

Abstract

Over the last decades, the contribution of entrepreneurship to economic growth is broadly recognized. Due to the fact that institutions may shape conditions for the development of entrepreneurship or destroy it, I (institution) is included as a third variable in the relationship between E (entrepreneurship) and EG (economic growth). This discussion consists of two blog entries prepared by Natalia Tsatsenko and Ganira Ibrahimova. „Part 2: How Institutions affect our economic behavior?“ weiterlesen

Reincorporating Entrepreneurial Action into a Theory of Institutional Change

Mark McAdam, University of Siegen

Contact: mark.mcadam@uni-siegen.de

Abstract

Institutions matter. The significance of how “formal and informal rules of the game” impact social and political phenomena has long been recognized, and questions surrounding how institutions break down, change, adapt, and are renewed are of particular interest. One important approach within this field is to consider that it is not merely material interests which are important in institutional questions, „Reincorporating Entrepreneurial Action into a Theory of Institutional Change“ weiterlesen