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Rethinking Entrepreneurship in Society April 8-9, 2024 Copenhagen Business School.

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Özlem Akekmekci

PhD Candidate, Radboud University

Özlem is a PhD candidate in Organisational Design and Development at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is presenting a work-in-progress paper on “What Makes Team Gig Entrepreneurs Successful?” (co-authored with her supervisor Andrea Herrmann).

What Makes Team Gig Entrepreneurs Successful?

What Makes Team Gig Entrepreneurs Successful?

The rise of the ‘gig economy’ has led to a new form of entrepreneurship: ‘team gig entrepreneurs’, where freelancers collaborate on online platforms for one-time tasks (so-called ‘gigs’). Existing research on the gig economy often focuses on individual freelancers and their precarious working conditions. However, given that these team entrepreneurs often rank amongst the most hired and best rated gig providers, the question arises: what are the key factors prompting gig workers to form a team, and what factors contribute to the greater success of team gig entrepreneurs compared to their individual counterparts? Existing research into entrepreneurship and the gig economy emphasizes skills as a key factor of team success. The gig literature also underscores the importance of signals in the online labor markets. Nevertheless, the drivers of the success of team gig entrepreneurs remain elusive regarding what type of skill sets or entrepreneurial characteristics drive the greater success of teams. Our research addresses this gap by building on the existing literature on the skill characteristics of entrepreneurial teams and incorporating signalling theory to identify the indicators that gig freelancers utilize to signal their competence. Based on a dataset of 85,639 gig freelancers on a major global online platform, we combine binary logit analyses with ordinary least-square regression. Our analyses challenge the prevailing literature by revealing that the mix of skills benefits both solo and team gig workers equally. By suggesting that the limited investment and transaction costs within the gig economy change the skills that make team entrepreneurs successful, our findings shed new light on the drivers of labour market success in the online gig economy.

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Ihsan Beezer

PhD Candidate, Rutgers Business School

Ihsan is a PhD candidate at Rutgers Business School in Newark and New Brunswick, USA. His project focuses on technology start-ups and why many of them don’t compete for government contracts as a way of sustaining themselves.

The Historical Intersection of Government Contracting, Entrepreneurship, and Private Investors: Impacts and Insights for Organization Theory

The Historical Intersection of Government Contracting, Entrepreneurship, and Private Investors: Impacts and Insights for Organization Theory

This paper examines the evolving nexus of government contracting, entrepreneurship, and private investment within the context of Organization Theory (OT). It delves into the historical evolution of these interrelations, revealing how government contracts have shaped private sector strategies and market dynamics across various socio-economic periods. From the early industrial era through to the modern digital age, the study traces the transformation of the government’s role from a mere facilitator to a key market actor. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, the paper integrates historical analysis with contemporary organizational theories to offer new insights into the dynamics of government-market interactions.  This study aims to fill a notable gap in OT literature by providing a historical perspective but also offers practical insights for policymakers and business strategists navigating the complexities of government-private sector relationships.


Anders Bollman

PhD Candidate, CBS

Anders is a PhD candidate at CBS. His research focuses on entrepreneurialism understood as a specific ideology and a broader epistemic culture and its relationship to defense policy and military institutions. He is part of the Rethinking Entrepreneurship in Society team.

Venture capitalist warfare: Entrepreneurialism in the military sector

Venture capitalist warfare: Entrepreneurialism in the military sector

This paper investigates how entrepreneurialism has permeated into western military institutions and transformed their thinking, organizing and practice. It does so through an analytically structured history of how entrepreneurialist ideology has transformed the epistemological, ontological, and normative underpinnings of western militaries and in turn how this has affected their organizing and practice. The analysis will take hermeneutical approach and be based on a rich source material consisting of articles in military and defense journals, military doctrines, monographs from mainly US. Defense Colleges and policy and strategic documents. The covered period will be from the end of the Cold War until present day. The article finds that the influx of entrepreneurialism into western military institutions comes as a biproduct of broader discussions within these institutions about the (1) role of new (military) technologies, (2) the necessary skills and knowledge of military professionals and finally (3) the understanding of the military institution and its role and tasks within a complex and transforming (security) world.


Anna Brattström

Assoc. Professor, Lund University

Anna is an Associate Professor at Lund University, Sweden. She has published widely on the people side of innovation and entrepreneurship, team dynamics and how they shape decision-making, and social norms and narratives that shape interactions in the startup world.

What’s my agenda? Navigating conflicting understandings of ethicality in entrepreneurship

What’s my agenda? Navigating conflicting understandings of ethicality in entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship and business research by and large treat ethics from a utilitarian stance, where an action is ethical if it creates more benefits than harm. Yet, conducting an interview-based case study of ethicality at a startup hub, we observe that entrepreneurial actors’ understanding of ethicality is much more versatile – based on laws, legitimacy, social norms, virtues, as well as different utilitarian approaches. As a result, our current understanding in entrepreneurship literature is inconclusive as to how, why, and under what circumstances entrepreneurial action occurs that is dysfunctional for individuals, organizations, and society. With this paper, we seek to categorize conflicting understandings of ethicality and theorize how actors navigate these in developing their personal value system within entrepreneurship.


Benedikte Brincker

Head of Sociology Department

Benedikte is a Professor in Political Sociology and Head of Department at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. Her research focuses on state and nation-building both historically and in contemporary societies and on indigenous entrepreneurship in the Arctic.

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Justine Buriller

PhD Candidate, ESCP Business School

Justine started her PhD in Entrepreneurship at ESCP Business School in Paris, France in 2021. Her dissertation rethinks entrepreneurship by engaging the social imaginary of growth from a post-growth perspective. She is currently a visiting fellow at CBS.

Reimagining entrepreneurial growth: The case of entrepreneurs’ narratives in the sustainable fashion industry

Reimagining entrepreneurial growth: The case of entrepreneurs’ narratives in the sustainable fashion industry

This paper critically examines the dominant social imaginary of growth in entrepreneurship, with a degrowth perspective. In an evolving environmental context, it delves into the need for a refined understanding of entrepreneurial growth and its limits. I address the following research question: how do entrepreneurs in a sustainable industry characterize their social imaginaries on growth?  I conducted interviews with entrepreneurs in the sustainable fashion industry, part of a French association named En Mode Climat, that criticize overproduction and overconsumption. The purpose was to understand their growth trajectories and how they related it to their social context. I identify three narratives from entrepreneurs: (1) Impact growth – an illimited perspective on growth is justified by its positive impact (2) Artisan growth – craft practices lead to a non-scalable activity, (3) Political growth – growth is an issue that requires a collaborative approach. I contribute to a better understanding of the growth phenomena in entrepreneurship. 




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