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About

OS Insights is a non-commercial, open-access platform that provides management students of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg with the opportunity to publish insights generated in seminars. The platform is based on the idea that universities are sites where knowledge production and consumption are not separable and sequenced, but intertwined. In this view, university-based teaching is more than just the transmission of knowledge produced through up-front research. Instead, courses and seminars open up opportunities for jointly reflecting on important phenomena. In doing so, they serve as a springboard for potentially developing original insights that shed light on organizational, strategic, and entrepreneurial theories, approaches, and phenomena.

For the sake of quality assurance, all works published on OS Insights are editorially reviewed. These works fall into the following areas.

Books

OS Insights publishes online-only, open-access edited collections of contributions by Leuphana’s management students. These collections are aimed at management scholars and students. Their contributions shed light on theoretical concepts and approaches through applications and spur ideas for future research through thought-provoking essays.

Blog

Posts published on the OS Insights Blog are composed by Leuphana’s management students. These blog posts translate theoretical ideas generated in the areas of organization, strategy, and entrepreneurship into insights that are useful for practitioners.
ISSN 2750-7661

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Books

Accelerators and Organization Studies: Problematizing the Status Quo

  • Year of publication: 2022
  • ISBN: 978-3-9824435-3-9

This edited collection aims to make a contribution to management and organization research on accelerators by providing new directions for the field. Through a series of essays, students of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg challenge overlooked, repressed or concealed, contentious, and fleeting aspects of accelerators that future research may examine more systematically and in greater depth.

Foundations of Management & Entrepreneurship: Concepts and Cases

  • Year of publication: 2022
  • Second edition
  • ISBN: 978-3-9824435-2-2

In this thoroughly revised edited collection, Leuphana Bachelor students draw on management and entrepreneurship theories, concepts, and approaches to shed light on what it means to be a manager or entrepreneur in selected cases. In doing so, the contributions provide a vivid, illustrative introduction to the foundations of management and entrepreneurship across the history of management and entrepreneurship research and education, from early classics to more contemporary perspectives.

Organizing for Innovation: The case of accelerators

  • Year of publication: 2022
  • ISBN: 978-3-9824435-1-5

In this edited collection, Leuphana master students in management & entrepreneurship draw attention to accelerators as a form of organizing through which actors aim to systematically produce innovation. In doing so, they problematize the paradox of producing novelty and change through the continuity of organizing.

Foundations of Management & Entrepreneurship: Concepts and Cases

  • Year of publication: 2022
  • First edition
  • ISBN: 978-3-9824435-0-8

In this edited collection, Leuphana Bachelor students draw on management and entrepreneurship theories, concepts, and approaches to shed light on what it means to be a manager or entrepreneur in selected cases. In doing so, the contributions provide a vivid, illustrative introduction to the foundations of management and entrepreneurship across the history of management and entrepreneurship research and education, from early classics to more contemporary perspectives.

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Blog

Three ways Accelerator design can impact the inclusion of social Ventures

by Katharina-Sophie Winkler, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany Accelerators are cohort-based, fixed-term start-up incubators that provide fledgling enterprises not only with the funds necessary to propel their business into break even zone, but also support founders with entrepreneurial education, experienced mentors and ambitious peers to help them succeed. The accelerator concept is somewhat new, but already … Continue reading Three ways Accelerator design can impact the inclusion of social Ventures

Is an Application to an Accelerator a good choice for every startup?

by Antonia Thomsen, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany The answer to the question of the title is: No.  So far research has shown many positive aspects of the work of accelerators: They speed up the growth of startups and help them to prosper. By providing access to mentoring, education and financing, accelerators support entrepreneurs in … Continue reading Is an Application to an Accelerator a good choice for every startup?

Why accelerators use workshops for knowledge transfer

by Marcel Siebert, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany As a new incubator model, accelerators are using workshops for knowledge transfer scientifically more often than classic incubators do (Drori & Wright, 2018). As the name implies, workshops are about to work on a specific topic rather than on learning something new which is common in other … Continue reading Why accelerators use workshops for knowledge transfer

How Sponsoring corporate accelerators and Innovation relate

by Jan Michael Richter, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany Corporate accelerators unsurprisingly receive increasing attention: The concept of combing start-ups’ power to innovate and the resource richness of established companies seems like a perfect match. Innovation is more than just a popular word in the economy and there is no lack of examples of how … Continue reading How Sponsoring corporate accelerators and Innovation relate

Mentoring in Accelerators: Analyzing the State of the Art

by Justus Paulsen, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany The strive for innovation has been the focus of entrepreneurs for many years. Due to the strive for innovation, paradigm shifts such as the industrialization could be achieved. But for a long time, innovation was produced randomly by individuals and was not organized. In the recent years … Continue reading Mentoring in Accelerators: Analyzing the State of the Art

Are accelerators the better business schools? The secret of their success in educating entrepreneurs  

by Maximiliane Naß, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany Entrepreneurship education is booming lately. Never before has there been such a variety of programs. One of them being accelerators. The cohort based and fixed-term programs can be defined as a relatively  new form of entrepreneurship education. And while higher business institutes (HEI) like universities and business schools may have … Continue reading Are accelerators the better business schools? The secret of their success in educating entrepreneurs  

Corporate Accelerators: Motivations, Benefits, and Challenges

by Shariar Mofiz, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany This blog post is about organization of innovation about the case accelerator. In the chapter that I have written it is described that the accelerators are an increasingly growing entrepreneurial phenomenon emerging within corporate entrepreneurship in various business contexts and business models. Corporate accelerators are seen as … Continue reading Corporate Accelerators: Motivations, Benefits, and Challenges

Social Entrepreneurship and Accelerators: Match or Mismatch?

by Romy Linde, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany Social ventures face high failure rates and could therefore use help from supporting organizations such as accelerators. Based on her recent publication, Romy Linde explores the compatibility of accelerators and social ventures. Natural disasters, global hunger and poverty call for fast solutions for the world’s toughest economic and … Continue reading Social Entrepreneurship and Accelerators: Match or Mismatch?

Accelerate the Social Impact

by Tao Li, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany Accelerators are a type of organizational sponsor, who support startups through training, mentoring and other means via fixed-term and cohort-based programs. Their major targets are for-profit and high-growth startups in the technology sector. The most prominent startup accelerators are for example Y combinator, Techstars, Plug and Play or 500 … Continue reading Accelerate the Social Impact

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Three ways Accelerator design can impact the inclusion of social Ventures

by Katharina-Sophie Winkler, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany Accelerators are cohort-based, fixed-term start-up incubators that provide fledgling enterprises not only with the funds necessary to propel their business into break even zone, but also support founders with entrepreneurial education, experienced mentors and ambitious peers to help them succeed. The accelerator concept is somewhat new, but already … Continue reading Three ways Accelerator design can impact the inclusion of social Ventures

Is an Application to an Accelerator a good choice for every startup?

by Antonia Thomsen, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany The answer to the question of the title is: No.  So far research has shown many positive aspects of the work of accelerators: They speed up the growth of startups and help them to prosper. By providing access to mentoring, education and financing, accelerators support entrepreneurs in … Continue reading Is an Application to an Accelerator a good choice for every startup?

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Editor

OS Insights is a non-commercial platform that is owned, administered, and edited by Matthias Wenzel.

Matthias Wenzel

Professor of Organization Studies
Director of the B.Sc. study program “International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship”
Associate Dean Graduate School as of April 2022

Matthias Wenzel is Professor of Organization Studies at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. He examines the interplay between organizing and strategizing through a practice lens, as well as the societal implications of this interplay. Among others, Matthias serves as Coeditor for Media Innovations of the Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Global Strategy Journal, Associate Editor for SMS Collections at the Strategic Management Journal, and Editorial Board Member at Strategic Organization.

Read more about Matthias’ research and teaching here.

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Matthias Wenzel
Universitätsallee 1
15230 Lüneburg
Germany

matthias.wenzel@osinsights.org

Books

Publishing number 978-3-9824435

Blog

ISSN 2750-7661

Open Access

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