Dissertation Projects at the Chair for Entrepreneurship Here you will find a short description of the recent dissertations at our chair. Strategic Decision Making in New Venture Teams (Barbara Burkhard)Understanding how new venture teams make strategic decisions is fundamental for entrepreneurship research. Key factors that influence entrepreneurial decisions in teams are emotions and cognitive biases (e.g. overconfidence). But, even if emotions and biases are acknowledged as a central element of the entrepreneurial process, the emotion-cognition-decision-making link is still underexplored. This research project aims to fill this gap by investigating the effect of emotions and cognitive biases in new venture team decision making. Entrepreneurial Finance (Manuel Hess) This research focuses on the role of external investors in new venture contexts. More specifically, the focal elements of this cumulative thesis are venture capitalists (VC) and business angels (BA). First, we investigate VCs and the effects of their initial investments on subsequent venture performance and strategic risk taking. Second, we look at BAs and suggestibility of their investment decision process by a homogenous group of others (business angel networks).