"Not without my team" - Life partner as an entrepreneurial success factor?

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Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftswissenschaften für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler
Bachelor; Master


Our society is changing – the educational level is rising steadily, men and women are both pursuing careers. While research in the context of entrepreneurship and support by the family has so far been limited mainly to emotional or instrumental support (the latter consists e.g. of household tasks, such as keeping the apartment clean), it is now even more interesting to understand how the life partners can have an impact on the entrepreneur's entrepreneurial success beyond or instead of this.
In the context of the final thesis, we would like to find out what impact the partner has on the entrepreneur's business activities - both positive and negative.

Suggested methodology: interviews, questionnaire

Introductory literature:
• Danes, Sharon M. (2011): Pillow Talk Leaks: Integrating Couple Interactions into Entrepreneurship Research. In Entrepreneurship Research Journal 1 (3), Article 0000102202215756651040. DOI: 10.2202/2157-5665.1040.
• Nielsen, Mette Søgaard (2020): Passing on the good vibes: Entrepreneurs’ social support. In The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation 21 (1), pp. 60–71. DOI: 10.1177/1465750319842530.
• Ocampo, Anna Carmella G.; Restubog, Simon Lloyd D.; Liwag, Maria Emma; Wang, Lu; Petelczyc, Claire (2018): My spouse is my strength: Interactive effects of perceived organizational and spousal support in predicting career adaptability and career outcomes. In Journal of Vocational Behavior 108, pp. 165–177. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2018.08.001.

An excerpt of your most important tasks during the thesis:
• Definition of the research question
• Independent literature research
• Evaluation and discussion of the results

What is in it for you?
• a scientifically relevant thesis at the intersection of entrepreneurship and (social) psychology
• Supervision by a doctoral student with a similar research focus

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, social support, family, work-life, Startup, social psychology, psychology