Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheidgen

My research centers around the broader topics of entrepreneurship and innovation.
I'm particularly interested in the social embeddedness of entrepreneurial processes, e.g. networks and tie formation, entrepreneurial teams, and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and address issues around digitization, social innovation as well as high-tech innovation.

Understanding how entrepreneurs acquire resources during the very early days of their new ventures motivated my PhD research. By comparing tie formation in Silicon Valley and Berlin, I showed how the entrepreneurial ecosystems in each of these regions influence how entrepreneurs approach first investors and customers.

As PostDoc, I joined the Research Center for Digital Transformation at Leuphana University Lüneburg, spent six months at the University of Amsterdam as visiting scholar and became an affiliated researcher at Lund University.

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  • Krlev, Gorgi, Scheidgen, Katharina, Günzel-Jensen, Franziska, Wolf, Miriam, & Gümüsay, Ali (2022). Did COVID lockdowns harm entrepreneurship? Not exactly. LSE Business Review.
  • Schürmann, Lena, Isabell Stamm, and Katharina Scheidgen. "Die Gegenwart der Krise als Erosion unternehmerischer Zukünfte." Arbeit 31.1-2 (2022): 77-94.
  • Scheidgen, Katharina; Gümüsay, Ali; Günzel-Jensen, Franziska; Krlev, Gorgi; Wolf, Miriam (2021): Crises and entrepreneurial opportunities: Digital social innovation in response to physical distancing. Journal of Business Venturing Insights.
  • Scheidgen, Katharina (2021): Degrees of integration: how a fragmented entrepreneurial ecosystem supports different types of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 33 (1-2), p. 54-79. Special Issue „The dynamics in entrepreneurial ecosystems.“ Hrsg: David Audretsch, Colin Mason, Morgan P. Miles und Allan O´Connor
  • Stamm, Isabell; Scheidgen, Katharina; Sundermeier, Janina; Hoppe, Annekathrin; Rothe, Hannes; Christensen, Michelle; Conradi, Florian; Pantelmann, Heike (im Erscheinen): Soziale Ungleichheit und Unternehmertum. In: Beyer, Jürgen; Baur, Nina (Hrsg.): Wirtschaft und soziale Ungleichheit.
  • Scheidgen, Katharina (2019): Social contexts in team formation: why do independent start-ups and university spin-offs form teams differently? Historical Social Research, 44 (4), S. 42-74
  • Scheidgen, Katharina (2018): Gründen als Modus des Innovierens: Netzwerkbildung von Start-ups und Spin-offs im Innovationsprozess. In: Hergesell, Jannis; Maibaum, Arne; Minnetian, Clelia; Sept, Ariane (Hrsg.): Innovationsphänomene. Modi und Effekte der Innovationsgesellschaft. Springer, Wiesbaden. S. 125-141