Personnel Management in Entrepreneurial Firms

1. Topics

Identifying, recruiting and retaining the “right” employees are among the most important task in the formative stages of a new business. At the same time these tasks are also among the most challenging. While the importance of the human capital endowment for the performance of a young firm is undisputed, the focus in the academic entrepreneurship literature has traditionally been on the human capital of the founders. This seminar provides an overview over recent academic literature that deals with the effects of the human capital of both founders and employees on new ventures’ performance. Who founds successful start-ups? Whom do young firms employ? And how does this affect future start-up performance as well as the careers of founders and employees?

2. Target group

This seminar targets students from Business Administration and Management and Economics. It is recommended (but not required) that students have attended or are planning to attend the lecture 'A Primer in Entrepreneurship'

3. Application

The seminar is limited to a maximum of 30 students (first come, first serve). Beyond normal booking (Modulbuchung), a second application to the chair is necessary by February, 1, 2021 by e-mail: It is not allowed to attend the seminar without confirmation from the chair, as there will be a waiting list. The papers will be randomly assigned to groups of two in the introductory session. If you have any preferences with respect to the person you want to work with, please let us know his/her name in your e- mail.

4. Program

1.) Introductory session: This session will provide an overview over the topic, details on grading and organization, and guidelines on how to prepare the seminar papers and presentations. The topics will be randomly assigned to groups of two students.

2.) A seminar paper (based on 1-2 papers assigned to the group) has to be prepared by each group between the introductory meeting and the presentation session.

3.) Presentation sessions: Each group has to present their seminar paper and summarize the assigned papers. Active participation in the discussion by all participating students is required.

5. Schedule

The preliminary schedule is as follows:

  • March, 3, 2021, 13:00 - 17:00 h, room: tba
  • May, 10, 2021, 10:00 - 17:00 h, room: tba
  • May, 11, 2021, 10:00 - 17:00 h, room: tba

6. Literature