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The Working Papers of the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn offer a way to pre-publish manuscripts before scientific publication. The series is designed to open up ongoing research to a broad audience for discussion.

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Emotions and Entrepreneurship Education: State of the Art and Future Research Agenda

Entrepreneurship education holds the potential to mitigate unemployment and boost prosperity, yet emotions, one of its sources of strength, remain underutilized.

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The German Mittelstand: Antithesis to the Silicon Valley entrepreneurship model?

Whilst internationally, the Mittelstand in Germany is admired and many countries try to emulate it, the current debate in Germany praises the Silicon Valley model of entrepreneurship, contrasting the Mittelstand as low-growth, low-tech and non-innovative – in short: as a hindrance to Germany’s economic future.

Published in: Small Business Economics

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SMEs´ Responses to Potentially Disruptive Innovations: Does Strategic Entrepreneurship Provide an Explanation?

This study analyses how established SMEs respond to potentially disruptive innovations and business models in the course of increasing digitization.

Published in: International Review of Entrepreneurship

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The Effect of Self-Employment on Income Inequality

It is well known that the self-employed are over-represented at the bottom as well as the top of the income distribution.

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The Impact of Firm Performance on the Business Transfer Mode

The article examines the impact of corporate performance on the intended type of business transfer. Family businesses usually seek family succession.

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A Research Note on Entrepreneurs' Financial Commitment and Crowdfunding Success

Established early stage investors decide to invest in new ventures after evaluating the propensity of success and the risk of failure.

Published in: Venture Capital

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Brain-Driven Entrepreneurship Research: Expanded Review and Research Agenda Towards Entrepreneurial Enhancement

The advent of significant advances in neuroscience has produced the capacity to examine the human brain at a profound level, yet the academic and practical value of existing evidence based on neuroscience techniques and methods within the field of entrepreneurship remains unexplored.

Published in: Handbook of Research Methodologies and Design in Neuroentrepreneurship

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Times are a Changin'? The Emergence of New Firms and Rank Persistence

Young firms are known to grow at a faster rate than incumbents. With administrative firm data from Germany, we show that the higher growth rates indeed translate into upward mobility within the firm size distribution.

Published in: Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade

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Mind the Gap: Institutional and Individual Antecedents of Entrepreneurial Trajectories in the Academic Context

This study analyses institutional, job-related, and individual antecedents of entrepreneurial activities from a longitudinal perspective.

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‘It Takes Three to Tango’: Brain, Cognition and Entrepreneurial Enhancement

In the global clash for unveiling the ‘innermost secrets’ of the brain, the field of neuroscience is the most fitting contender.

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Business takeovers and firm growth: Empirical evidence from a German panel

The present article links business takeovers to the literature on serial autocorrelation of growth rates.

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Individual and Structural Influences on the Entrepreneurial Activities of Academics

In this paper we study how and to what extend (i) individual working conditions (e.g. peers, working atmosphere, work contract incentives, wage satisfaction).

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Fine Artists' Entrepreneurial Business Environment

This paper aims to illustrate the working and business environment of professional fine artists and to identify the factors to successfully make a living in the arts as both market challenges and success factors have not yet been clearly identified in literature.

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Digitalization in the German radio specialized trade - Recommendations to the opportunities of Change Management on the basis of a current empirical research

The current Working Paper of the IfM Bonn recommends courses of action to solve the problem of a new positioning of the German radio specialist suppliers.

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Inventions and their Commercial Exploitation in Academic Institutions: Analysing Determinants Among Academics

Institutions of higher education are considered as an important source of innovation. Consequently, big efforts are made to facilitate technology transfer from academia into the market.

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Determinants of hidden champions - Evidence from Germany

Our explorative study analyses the factors that affect the likelihood of German companies to be a hidden champion.

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Gender Diversity in Top-Management Positions in Large Family and Nonfamily Businesses

(Why) does the sex ratio in top-management positions in large family and nonfamily businesses differ? Using a unique data set and estimating (fractional) logit regressions we show that the female share in top-management positions in family businesses exceeds the one in nonfamily businesses.

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Crucial Skills for the Entrepreneurial Success of Fine Artists

This article aims to define crucial skills for the entrepreneurial success of working fine artists as these skills have not yet been clearly identified for this professional group.

Published in: Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts

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Family-related employment interruptions and self-employment of women: Does policy matter?

This paper analyzes how statutory entitlements to maternity or parental leave affect female entry into self-employment after childbirth.

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The Entrepreneurial Value of Arts Incubators: Why Fine Artists Should Make Use of Professional Arts Incubators

The study’s aim is to show whether and to what extent services of entrepreneurial value will be provided by arts incubators to nurture fine artists to meet market requirements to make a living in the arts.

Published in: Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts

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Creative Forces for Entrepreneurship: The Role of Institutional Change Agents

The paper reviews the current discussion on institutional change and institutional entrepreneurship. Specifically, it focuses on institutional change agents, by which we mean individuals whose actions ...

Published in: Entrepreneurship and Context

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Sustainable Management and Performance in SMEs: A French Case Study

Nowadays, sustainable management seems more likely to be a guarantee of competitiveness for companies, regardless of their size.

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Works Councils in Family Businesses in Germany – why are there so few?

Works councils are an inherent part of the German economic and social system. An analysis of the prevalence of works councils in Germany reveals that they are not uniformly distributed across all types of businesses.

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The Economic Contribution of Start-Up Firms in Germany

This paper utilizes German tax data to present evidence about the direct and indirect effcts of new firm formation. Cohort analysis is applied to investigate survival, sales, inputs, and value added of start-up firms.

Published in: Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence, and Growth. Entrepreneurial Growth

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The gendering of entrepreneurship context

The paper builds on the understanding of context as suggested by Welter (2011) who introduced different dimensions of context along a continuum of where entrepreneurship takes place and when this happens.

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