A Joint Programme of Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena
Srivastava 2011

Kauffman Foundation best paper award for Mili Srivastava

Mili Shrivastava received the Kauffman Foundation best paper award at the 2011 Academy of Management Conference for her paper “Entrepreneurial Teams, Optimal Team Size, and Founder Exits” co-authored with Dr J Pawan Tamvada. The paper examines the role of teamsize and team environments of dissonance and synergy for exit of founding team members from entrepreneurial teams. The paper shows that the size of the entrepreneurial team has an inverted U shape relationship with firm performance indicating the existence of an optimal team size for entrepreneurial firms. The paper suggests that teams with size larger than the optimal team size and teams in dissonance are found to be more likely to experience founder exits from entrepreneurial teams.