“My interest in new venture teamwork arises from the fact that entrepreneurship is an increasingly popular career choice, especially among young people. Universities and policy makers around the world are investing in efforts to develop entrepreneurial competence, and one of the competencies that is stressed is the ability to teamwork and co-create, for example to create value with people of diverse backgrounds and capabilities.
However, much of what we currently know about teamwork comes from studying teams within the context of larger organizations, where there are clear goals, roles, and organizational structures that can guide behavior. Entrepreneurship on the other hand is a highly uncertain, unstructured, and emergent process, so it is a very different context. How people relate to one another and work together in a highly uncertain context is likely very different from how people relate to one another and work together in a highly structured organizational context.
"To tackle difficult challenges we need to be inventive and we need to know how to work together and build trust under uncertainty"
So this is the aim of my work, to understand how uncertainty impacts teamwork – both in terms of the basic understanding of what a team is in this context, but also how uncertainty may influence how team members interact and build relationships with one another.
I think this is a really exciting area as concepts like trust, teamwork, and uncertainty are increasingly relevant as the world becomes more connected and complex. To tackle difficult challenges we need to be inventive and we need to know how to work together and build trust under uncertainty.
Through my research I aim to develop this expertise where I can advise entrepreneurial teams, policy makers, and educators on how to make the most of human resources. For example how to build and maintain strong teams and team member relationships that can withstand and thrive under the weight of uncertainty, in order to create the kind of high growth ventures that contribute to society”.
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Pamela Nowell is a PhD student at Chalmers´ Department of Technology management and economics, the Division of Entrepreneurship and Strategy.