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.


Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation / ChairEEEE

Research

Research approach

In 2000, Shane and Venkataraman defined Entrepreneurship as the individual-opportunity-nexus. Accordingly, entrepreneurship emerges in the presence of an enterprising individual and entrepreneurial opportunities. While this definition served as foundation for entrepreneurship to become a sovereign field of research, it is currently critically reflected more than ever before. Our research focuses on empirical and theoretical contributions to current streams of research within the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. Due to the entrepreneurial phenomenon’s complexity, we draw on a larger set of methodical approaches. In our projects, we furthermore make use of close collaborations with practitioners from start-ups and established organizations alike.

Research topics

  • Entrepreneurial thinking and action: Cognitive approaches gained increasing popularity within the entrepreneurship literature since the 1990’s. We analyze various kinds of thinking and action (such as effectuation, bricolage, and improvisation), as well as their influencing factors and effects.
  • Levels of entrepreneurial action: Entrepreneurship is discussed on several levels within the literature. This becomes also apparent within our research, which addresses individuals and organizations alike. Hence, our research focus ranges from start-ups to SMUs and established organizations. 
  • Special forms of entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial behavior is not only applicable to economic issues, but instead addresses a much broader range of players. Accordingly, our research comprises topics such as social, sustainability, and cultural entrepreneurship.
  • Theoretic foundation of entrepreneurship: For centuries, risk and uncertainty have been considered as determinants of entrepreneurship. At the same time, however, it becomes apparent that the understanding of uncertainty within the entrepreneurial process is still underdeveloped. We therefore participate intensively in the discussion surrounding the theoretical foundation of entrepreneurship research.