Title: Start-up consulting in the German language realm

Authors: Reinhard Schulte; Norbert Kailer; Sascha Kraus

Addresses: Department of Entrepreneurship and Start-up Management, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Scharnhorststr. 1, D-21335 Lueneburg, Germany ' Institute for Entrepreneurship and Organizational Development, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Str. 69, A-4040 Linz, Austria ' Fürst-Franz-Josef-Strasse, University of Liechtenstein, FL-9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Abstract: International economics and labour policy focus particular attention on the promotion of company start-ups and transfers. There is hardly any other phenomenon that receives as much consensus (from politics as well) than the support of start-ups and young enterprises. But newly founded companies are subject to a variety of risks, including deficits of experience, competencies, and information. These competency gaps can be reduced by start-up consulting. This article provides an extensive overview of start-up consulting in the German language realm. It addresses a field within entrepreneurship research where so far no overall theory has been developed and where empirical studies are rare.

Keywords: start-ups; consulting; Germany; Switzerland; Austria; Liechtenstein; competency gaps; entrepreneurship; start-up support services; start-up consultation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2015.068569

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2015 Vol.7 No.2, pp.128 - 151

Received: 02 Jan 2014
Accepted: 02 Jan 2014

Published online: 29 Mar 2015 *

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