Isabell Stamm is head of the research group “Entrepreneurial Group Dynamics” at the Technische Universität Berlin. Previously she has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Berkeley. Her research focuses on a sociological perspective of entrepreneurship including the particularities of entrepreneurial families, collective engagement in entrepreneurship, trajectories of entrepreneurial groups, group culture and dynamics as well as work-family-intertwinement.

Title: “Expanding Process Thinking to Entrepreneurial Groups”
Date: Thursday, 14 November, 2019.
Time: 12:00 to 14:00 pm.
Room: 1110, Building A.


“This talk focuses on entrepreneurship as collective action during which a small number of people invest time, money, and effort into a joint venture. Hence, in the process on entrepreneurship not only organizations emerge and morph, but so do entrepreneurial groups. Knowledge about the heterogeneous social pathways entrepreneurial groups travel, however, is limited. Applying a process perspective to this peculiar social unit makes entrepreneurship research more complex and raises a number of methodological issues. This talk attends to the characteristics of small groups in order to uncover potential building blocks in the sequential unfolding of entrepreneurial group trajectories. More specifically, group size, role sets and group culture are discussed as elements that make up the social pathways of entrepreneurial groups. These reflections pave the way for a more detailed understanding of the processual development of entrepreneurial groups and allows a situated interpretation of key transitional events.”