Conference / September 29-30, 2022

New Venture Team Design

Conference at TUM Campus Heilbronn

We, Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird (Center Director Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management) and Dr. Rebecca Preller, will welcome you to our conference on “New Venture Team Design”. This event will take place in Co-operation with the DFG Network Group “Venturing Together”.


We expect a conference format with 30 participants including university professors, senior members of research institutes, and experts in the field. There will be two session formats, paper sessions and discussion sessions. Participants can either submit a paper on the conference topic or submit an extended abstract on the conference topic. Each participant will present his/her paper. The paper will be assigned to a friendly reviewer who gives feedback on the paper. The paper will be presented before the general plenum. Extended abstracts will be discussed in the form of interactive discussion sessions.  Please find more information about the call for papers in the section “Call for papers below.


  • Start: Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 10 am CEST
  • End: Friday, September 30, 2022 at 4 pm CEST
  • Welcome Cocktail on Wednesday evening, September 28, 2022
  • Conference Dinner on Thursday, September 29, 2022
  • Venue: FORUM, Bildungscampus 1, 74076 Heilbronn (next to the Bildungscampus Heilbronn)
  • Conference language: English
  • Conference Fee: The conference is free of charge and is generously supported by TUM School of Management and the Global Center for Family Enterprise.




Call for papers


This research conference aims to create knowledge about the design of new ventures and their impact on entrepreneurial outcomes, answering the fundamental research question: How can we design new venture teams in a way that is conducive to firm success?

Since failure rates among start-ups are high, this research area is highly relevant both from a scholarly and practical perspective. For instance, we lack insights into important contextual factors that impact equity distribution and how common dynamic equity impact venture success. Second, partly also related to equity distributions, understanding the consequences of power shifts within the team (e.g., after the exit of one team member or when the teams’ equity, and thus power gets diluted by the entry of new investors) would advance our understanding of new venture teams. Third, past research has provided insights into team roles and structures.

However, we still know little about how new venture teams re-allocate roles and redevelop structures when hiring employees during phases of growth or dismiss them in times of decline. Finally, entrepreneurship scholars have largely adopted static perspectives in their study of team compositions, devoting only limited attention to the influence of entrepreneurial team dynamics (e.g., turnover, additions, or changes to the team) on new venture success.


Please find the detailed call for papers here.




Format of papers: 

Papers should be in English and between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length. Each paper must include an abstract. As the papers are distributed electronically there is no style guide to observe. Please also include your full name, title, function, and institution.


Format of extended abstracts: 

Extended abstract should have max. 1,000 words and include topic, method, findings & contributions.


Email address for submissions: 

For the submission of full papers or the extended abstract, submit the paper/abstract via following email address:


Deadline is June 20, 2022.


Notifications about acceptance will be sent end of June 2022

Travel fees and accommodation

There are opportunities for reimbursement of travel costs for active participants through TUM School of Management. The travel guidelines will be provided once the paper / abstract is accepted. Members of the DFG network group “Venturing together” can ask for reimbursement of travel costs within the DFG networking group.


We have reserved rooms for the conference at the Insel-Hotel in Heilbronn.


Please make your reservation direct at the Insel-Hotel either by email via or by phone via +49 7131 6300. To receive the reduced conference fee, please mention the booking code: “New Venture Team Design”. Please make your booking until July 31, 2022.

Supporting Committee

  • Daniel Ebsen, PhD candidate at Global Center for Family Enterprise
  • Sidney Hribersek, PhD candidate at Global Center for Family Enterprise
  • Luise Kaufmann, PhD candidate at Global Center for Family Enterprise
  • Paula Martínez-Sanchis, Post-doctoral researcher at Global Center for Family Enterprise
  • Jannis von Nitzsch, PhD candidate at Global Center for Family Enterprise

Contact for questions regarding the conference




Contact for administrative questions

For administrative questions please contact the Center Administration of the Global Center for Family Enterprise at