Occupational Experiences and Chances of Success of Founders of Businesses (Munich Founder Study)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Ziegler, Rolf (Institut für Soziologie, Universität München)
Publication Date
  • Foerster und Thelen, Bochum (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Occupation, Profession
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Business/industrial management and organisation
  • Abstract

    Factors in the success of newly founded small companies. Topics: Time of registering in the business registry; area of business; legal form; company headquarters at time of registration; type of location; new founding or businesses takeover; founding year of company taken over; relation to company taken over; founding an independent company or a branch office; founding for purposes of primary or secondary occupation; self-employed or non-self-employed after founding the business; termination of another employment for the purpose of the new founding; share of working hours for the new company; hours worked each week immediately after company founding; number of full-time employees, part-time employees and those helping without pay at the time of registration of the company; actual start of business at the time of official registration; institutions and facilities, with which contact was established to prepare founding; type of direct founding preparations; duration of preparation of company founding; plans worked out in writing before registration; type of written plans such as investment plan, financial plan, turnover, costs and profit forecast, liquidity plan; test phase for the company before registration; duration of this start-up phase; amount of start capital and outside - as well as share of personal capital; sources of outside capital; deadline for repayment of outside capital; founding with or without partner; capital share of partner at founding; occupational experience of partner in the area of business; extent of participation of partner; number of partners; conflicts with partners; most important problem areas with partners; respondent as founder or co-founder of company; personal support by partner through life, relatives, friends, business partners, earlier employers or earlier colleagues; price, circle of customers, breadth of offerings, product spectrum, market situation or achieving income as primary goals at company founding; problems in the start-up phase; time required until break-even-point and until balance of earlier personal income; characterization of initial development of company; development of employees and turnover during the first few years; expected further development of company; important company changes since existence; change of legal form; change in company management and business management; expansion of business area; increasing capital; share of turnover of largest supplier; characterization of basic conditions in the market (scale). Questions on business founder himself: education and occupational training; employment biography until business founding; unemployment during the last 10 years before company founding; number of earlier business registrations and registration in the same or similar area of business; professional situation immediately before the founding; net income before founding; number of employees at earlier place of work and range of control; usability of knowledge from the earlier activity; unemployment as reason for company founding; personally giving notice to prepare company founding; date of birth; citizenship; year of immigration to the Federal Republic; religious affiliation; marital status; support by spouse or partner through life in company founding (scale); social origins; employment of father in the same area of business; company founding at place of residence; length of residence at location of company; commuting time to company; self-employed in social surroundings; memberships in associations, clubs and parties; judgement on the consequences of the EC domestic market for the German economy and one´s own company (scale); judgement on statements about economy and society in the Federal Republic; party preference; self-assessment of social class; judgement on company founding in retrospect; judgement on personal success in professional life; advice to company founders. The following questions were posed for business discontinued in the meantime: date of discontinuation; agreement of actual end of business and point in time reported; reason for discontinuation; losses from founding; financial losses among business partners, suppliers and creditors; type of employment discontinuation. Also encoded was: correctness of the information on point in time of registry in the business register; place of interview; presence of other persons during interview; presence of employees, business partners or spouse during interview; interventions of other persons in the course of the interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate; assessment of reliability of responses of respondent; respondent is foreigner; length of interview; date of interview; sex of interviewer; age of interviewer; identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-01
Geographic Coverage
  • Bavaria (DE-BY)
    The area of Munich and Upper Bavaria
Sampled Universe
All business registrations for the years 1985 to 1986
Sampling Procedure Comment: Stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1849
    Number of Variables: 379
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2652 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Brüderl, Josef; Preisendörfer, Peter; Ziegler, Rolf: Der Erfolg neugegründeter Betriebe: Eine empirische Studie zu den Chancen und Risiken von Unternehmensgründungen. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1996.
  • Brüderl, Josef; Preisendörfer, Peter; Ziegler, Rolf: Der Erfolg neugegründeter Betriebe: Eine empirische Studie zu den Chancen und Risiken von Unternehmensgründungen. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 3. erweiterte Aufl., 2007

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22