Berlin Extension - Factory
The Institutional and Cultural Context of Entrepreneurship

Friday, September 16, 2016


picture of Jochen Koch
Jochen Koch
European University Viadrina
picture of Albrecht Söllner
Albrecht Söllner
European University Viadrina Frankfurt
picture of Markus Vodosek
Markus Vodosek
Indiana University
picture of Heinz-Theo Wagner
Heinz-Theo Wagner
German Graduate School of Management and Law

Registration Fees

Now - Sept. 1 After Sept. 1
Member US$ 85 US$ 105
Non-Member US$ 135 US$ 155

Berlin Extension Registration


Berlin has recently gained the reputation of being the start-up capital of Germany. Entrepreneurs from around the world flock to Berlin because of its unique institutional and cultural environment. This environment has given rise to new business models and forms of collaboration which have the potential to redefine our notion of entrepreneurship.

In this workshop, we will gather at the Factory, Berlin, Germany´s largest startup campus and co-working space for entrepreneurs. In the morning, we will meet with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and founders of co-working spaces and have discussions about what is special about Berlin's start-up scene. In the afternoon, participants and leading researchers will reflect on the preceding discussions and observations. Questions which participants might consider include:

  • What new forms of collaboration and business models are there?
  • How do institutions foster or dampen entrepreneurial activity and ecosystems?
  • How do entrepreneurial pursuits shape a society?
  • What role does coopetition play in entrepreneurial activity?
  • What knowledge, skills, and abilities do individuals need to succeed as entrepreneurs?
  • Which management practices promote entrepreneurial activity?
  • What can universities do to create a climate conducive to entrepreneurship?

The workshop will conclude with some pitches from Factory entrepreneurs, a brief summary of the day by the workshop organizers and an informal get-together with the Factory´s community of entrepreneurs.

This Extension Workshop is likely to appeal to participants from several SMS Interest Groups interested in entrepreneurship-related issues such as Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Knowledge & Innovation, Cooperative Strategies, and Behavioral Strategy. Furthermore, the workshop will attract scholars from Berlin universities, the local business community, and media outlets interested in the manifestation of entrepreneurship in Berlin.

The workshop will be hosted by both the European University Viadrina and the German Graduate School of Management and Law and their joint doctoral program “DYNAMIC CAPABILITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS”.


09:15 – 10:00      Arrival and Registration

10:00 – 12:00     Factory & Guests: Berlin as an Institutional and Cultural Context
                              for Entrepreneurs

12:00 – 13:30      Lunch

13:30 – 15:00      Reflections: Fields of interest & research / Implications for life

15:00 – 15:30      Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:30      Pitches and Conculsion

17:30 – End        Get together / "Six Pack O'Clock" - Snacks/Drinks


Thomas Andrae

Director 3M New Ventures

Jana Costas

European University Viadrina

Israel Drori

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Robin Holt

Copenhagen Business School

Jeffrey A. Martin

The University of Alabama

Richard Priem

TCU Neeley School of Business

Mark Sanders

Utrecht School of Economics

Amelie Schlachter


Andreas Steinhauser

Eckwerk I Holzmarkt

Birgit Storz

Main Incubator/Commerzbank, Frankfurt


Factory Berlin

Factory brings best in class technology businesses together with early stage startups and talents by providing an outstanding work environment, quality events and a curated community of founders. Their mission is to create advantages for startups by providing space and support for them to start or grow their businesses. They are accelerating the Berlin ecosystem by providing a playground to those that want to invent, change, improve and grow.