Blue Factory Berlin

The Blue Factory Berlin is the central contact point for all ESCP Europe students, alumni, and staff members interested in founding their own venture. In close collaboration with the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Blue Factory offers custom-made training and support for preparation and implementation processes related to setting up a venture.

Jean-Baptiste Say Institute

Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation / Say Institute


Published articles in peer-reviewed journals

Mauer, R.; Wuebker, R.; Schlüter, J.; Brettel, M. (forthcoming): Prediction and control: An agent-based simulation of search processes in the entrepreneurial problem space. In: Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. DOI: 10.1002/sej.1271, in press

Werthes, D.; Mauer, R.; Brettel, M. (forthcoming): Understanding challenges and entrepreneurial self-efficacy during venture creation for entrepreneurs in cultural and creative industries, in: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, in press

Fischer, D.; Mauer, R.; Brettel, M. (forthcoming): Regulatory Focus Theory and Sustainable Entrepreneurship, in: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, DOI:10.1108/IJEBR-12-2015-0269, in press

Kreer, F.; Mauer, R.; Strese, S.; Brettel M. (forthcoming): On private equity exits of family firms in the German Mittelstand, in: Journal of Business Economics, DOI:10.1007/s11573-017-0870-8, in press

Werthes, D.; Mauer, R.; Brettel, M. (2018): Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurs and the question of their entrepreneurial Identity, in: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 24(1): 290-314

Alsos, G. A.; Clausen, T. G.; Mauer, R.; Solvoll, S. (2016): Competence Or Context? Exploring The Relationship Of Expertise, Uncertainty And Effectual Behavior, in: Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, in press

Welter, C.; Mauer, R.;Wuebker, R. (2016): Bridging behavioral models and theoretical concepts: effectuation, bricolage in the opportunity creation framework, in: Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 10(1): 5-20. DOI: 10.1002/sej.1215.

Kreer, F.; Mauer, R.; Limbach, P.; Brettel, M. (2016): Family exit in family firms –the influence of networks on the intention to follow the private equity succession route, in: Schmalenbach Business Review, 67(4): 454-488

Reymen, I.; Andries, P.; Berends, J.; Mauer, R.; Stephan, U.; van Burg, E. (2015): Understanding dynamics of strategic decision-making in venture creation: A process study of effectuation and causation, in: Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 9(4): 351-379. DOI:10.1002/sej.1201

Blauth, M.; Mauer, R.; Brettel, M. (2015): Competitive Advantage Through Entrepreneurial Decision-Making: Effectuation for Fast Problem-solving, in: Die Betriebswirtschaft, 75(4): 233-251

Werhahn, D.; Mauer, R.; Flatten, T.; Brettel, M. (2015): Validating Effectual Orientation as Strategic Direction in the Corporate Context, in: European Management Journal, 33(5): 305-313. DOI:10.1016/j.emj.2015.03.002.

Appelhoff, D.; Mauer, R.; Collewaert, V.; Brettel, M. (2016 & 2015): The conflict potential of the entrepreneur’s decision-making style in the entrepreneur-investor relationship, in: International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 12(2): 601-623. DOI 10.1007/s11365-015-0357-4.

Middelhoff, J.; Mauer, R.; Brettel. M. (2015): Antecedents of Entrepreneurs’ trust in their Investor in the Post-Investment Phase – Do Something Good! 1st round revise and resubmit at Venture Capital. DOI:10.1080/13691066.2014.970334

Blauth, M.; Mauer, R.; Brettel, M. (2014): Fostering Creativity in New Product Development Through Entrepreneurial Decision-Making. Creativity and Innovation Management, 23(4): 495-509. DOI: 10.1111/caim.12094

Karmann, T.; Mauer, R.; Flatten, T.; Brettel, M. (2014): Entrepreneurial orientation and corruption. In: Journal of Business Ethics. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2305-6.

Brettel, M.; Mauer, R.; Appelhoff, D. (2013): The Entrepreneur’s Perception in the Entrepreneur-VCF Relationship: The Impact of Conflict Types on Investor Value. In: Venture Capital, 15 (3), S. 173-197. DOI:10.1080/13691066.2013.782625

Walter, T.; Ihl, C.; Mauer, R.; Brettel, M. (2013): Grace, gold, or glory? Exploring incentives for invention disclosure in the university context. In: Journal of Technology Transfer. DOI: 10.1007/s10961-013-9303-1

Brettel, M.; Mauer, R.; Walter, T. (2013): Academic high-profile employees and their intentions of valorizing university research. In: Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft/Journal of Business Economics, 83 (4), S. 357-382. DOI: 10.1007/s11573-013-0659-3

Brettel, M.; Mauer, R.; Engelen, A.; Küpper, D. (2012): Corporate Effectuation: Entrepreneurial Action and Its Impact on R&D Project Performance. In: Journal of Business Venturing, 27 (2), S. 167-184. DOI:10.1016/j.jbusvent.2011.01.001

Mauer, R.; Grichnik, D. (2011): Your market, the unknown being: Coping with uncertainty as the core of entrepreneurial marketing. In: Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft/ Journal of Business Economics, 81 (6), S. 59-82. DOI: 10.1007/s11573-011-0510-7

Schmelter, R.; Mauer, R.; Börsch, C.; Brettel, M. (2010): Boosting Corporate Entrepreneurship through HRM: Evidence from German SMEs. In: Human Resource Management, 49 (4), S. 715-741. DOI: 10.1002/hrm.20366

Schmelter, R.; Mauer, R.; Engelen, A.; Brettel, M. (2010): Conjuring the entrepreneurial spirit in small and medium-sized enterprises: the influence of management on corporate entrepreneurship. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2 (2), S. 159-184. DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2010.03482


Monographs and teaching books

Grichnik, D.; Brettel, M.; Koropp, C.; Mauer, R. (2017, 2nd edition): Entrepreneurship – Unternehmerisches Denken, Entscheiden und Handeln in innovativen und technologieorientierten Unternehmungen. Textbook, Schäffer Poeschel. ISBN 978-3-7910-3659-5.

Mauer, R. (2011): A Process Perspective on Effectuation. Elements, Effects, Antecedents and Complements. Dissertation, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen.

Bornemann, M.; Mauer, R. (2004): Der Spin-off-Prozess von öffentlichen Forschungseinrichtungen. Diploma Thesis, WHU Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar.


Peer-reviewed chapters in edited books

Schoss, S./Mauer, R./Brettel, M. (2016): Which deep-level diversity compositions of new venture teams lead to success or failure?, in Ben-Hafaïedh, C./ Cooney, T. M. (Eds.): Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Teams: Theory and Practice. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Jansen, W.; Mauer, R., Brettel, M. (2016): Effectual mingling secrets: Investigating network development and networking strategies of effectuators using agent-based simulation, in: Lamine, W. et al. (Eds.): Entrepreneurial Process and Social Networks: A Dynamic Perspective, Edward Elgar.

Mauer, R. (2014): Thinking different – Effectual Behavior. In: Welter, F., Baker, T. (Eds.) (forthcoming): The Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship, Routledge.

Mauer, R., Eckerle, P., Brettel, M. (2013): Adding missing parts to the intention puzzle in entrepreneurship education: entrepreneurial self-efficacy, its antecedents and their direct and mediated effects, RENT Anthology 2011, Edward Elgar.

Mauer, R.; Neergaard, H.; Kirketerp, A. (2009): Self-Efficacy: Conditioning the Entrepreneurial Mindset. In: Brännbäck, M.; Carsrud, A. (Eds.) (2009): Understanding the Entrepreneurial Mind, Springer.


Invited chapters in edited books

Mauer, R., Faschingbauer, M. (2013): Ein Wegweiser durch den Prozess der Geschäftsmodellentwicklung – eine Effectuation-App für den Business Model Canvas. In: Grichnik, D., Gassmann, O. (Eds.) (2013): Das unternehmerische Unternehmen, Springer.

Mauer, R., Brettel, M., Rahn, S., Schrörs, S. (2013): Effectual Corporate Entrepreneurship bei 3M - Unternehmerische Mitarbeiter nutzen den Zufall und machen aus sauren Zitronen Limonade. In: Grichnik, D., Gassmann, O. (Eds.) (2013): Das unternehmerische Unternehmen, Springer.

Faschingbauer, M.; Mauer, R., Read, S. (2013): Effectuation-Forschungsergebnisse. In: Faschingbauer, M. (Ed.) 2nd edition (2013): Effectuation – wie erfolgreiche Unternehmer denken, entscheiden und handeln, Schäffer Poeschel.

Mauer, R. (2010): Unternehmensgründung. In: Faschingbauer, M. (Ed.) (2010): Effectuation – wie erfolgreiche Unternehmer denken, entscheiden und handeln, Schäffer Poeschel.

Hahn, R.; Mauer, R.; Ochmann, U. (2005): European Telecommunication Exchange AG (EUTEX). In: Ernst, E.; Glänzer, S.; Witt, P. (Eds.) (2005): Success Factors of Fast Growing Companies – Selected Case Studies, Gabler Verlag, Wiesbaden 2005, p. 73-88.