S1: Management: Startups vs. large companies


Organizing, as a management function, can be defined as a systematic process of structuring, integrating, coordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives of a company. Literature suggests that successful organizing takes into consideration the internal and external environment of the company. While it is widely acknowledged that startups are not simply smaller versions of larger companies, there is still uncertainty concerning the similarities and differences in organizing startups and their more established counterparts. Drawing on differences in their internal and external environment as well as their particular objectives, this seminar aims to identify the specific challenges for successfully organizing either a startup or a large company.


  • Advanced Seminar (Fach-/Hauptseminar)
  • Supervisor: Dr. Christoph Stöckmann
  • Kick-off meeting will take place in the first lecture week
  • The assignment of individual topics will be arranged in the kick-off meeting
  • The number of participants is limited to 10
  • Students are expected to submit and orally present their assignment in English

Topics include but are not limited to

  • Corporate financing lifecycle
  • Private equity criteria and and KPIs
  • Organizational structure  in startups vs. large companies
  • Organizational culture in startups vs. large companies
  • Resourcing in startups vs. large companies
  • Collaboration between startups and established companies
  • Effectuation
  • Ambidextrous organization
  • Virtual organization



  • Please apply online from 03.10.2016 until 10.10.2016
  • Use the following link for applying: Application form (available during the application period)
  • Please use your official university e-mail address when applying (e. g. max.mustermann(at)stud.uni-due.de)