A Framework for Categorizing Startup Companies

Creators: Balss, Nicolas and Gewald, Heiko
Title: A Framework for Categorizing Startup Companies
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Event Title: International Academy of Management and Business Conference
Event Location: New Orleans, LO
Projects: CROSS
Date: 2017
Divisions: Informationsmanagement
Abstract: Literature provides numerous ways for categorizing startups, however, the terminologies are often overlapping or incomplete. Based on the available literature in combination with interviews with founders a framework for categorizing startup companies is created and tested. In contrast to existing work, the framework presented puts great emphasis on the intention the founders of the startup have in mind when building the company as this factor –together with size in terms of number of employees- turned out to be not only a good segregating characteristic, it is also of high practical importance to the startup community. This conceptual work follows the Design Science Research approach and is tested through interviews with seven founders of heterogeneous startup companies. The feedback underlined the high practical relevance and the conceptual analysis indicates academic rigor.
Citation:

Balss, Nicolas and Gewald, Heiko (2017) A Framework for Categorizing Startup Companies. In: International Academy of Management and Business Conference, New Orleans, LO.

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