Survive or die trying – The role of resource availability and the founder’s psychology in the face of rapidly changing business environments

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Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftswissenschaften für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler
Bachelor; Master


COVID-19 is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis, but also the most difficult global economic crisis since World War II. The world, led by the industrialized nations, is struggling for a solution. For every government and every entrepreneur the big question arises, which way holds the greatest chance of success. The leading economic powers have not yet found a solution.

It often seems to be forgotten that there are countries and regions in the world that have historically struggled with resource-constraint and rapidly changing business environments – developing countries. Together we want to collect primary data in 7-10 developing countries and evaluate this unique data set together.

What’s in for you?
1. The freedom to choose your own research focus
2. The unique opportunity to look beyond the borders of our own world
3. Close supervision and individual coaching of 2 PhD students and former management consultants
4. If the pandemic situation and entry regulations allow it, there is nothing to stop us from going to Zimbabwe or Dubai to collect data! :-)

Is it time for the western world to learn something from the developing countries? And are you interested in entrepreneurship and startups beyond the borders of Berlin and Silicon Valley? Let’s chat!

Keywords: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Covid-19, developing countries, emerging markets, resource constraints