Isabell Stamm



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Isabell Stamm (affiliated member)

Isabell Stamm (affiliated member)

Group Leader in the Research Group on Wealth and Inequality at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies

Isabell Stamm is a sociologist and leader of the research group on Business, Ownership, and Family Wealth at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. She has been head of the “Entrepreneurial Group Dynamics” research group at Technische Universität Berlin since 2017 and has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.
Stamm's research focuses on a sociological perspective of entrepreneurship, including the particularities of entrepreneurial families, collective engagement in entrepreneurship, and trajectories and variations of entrepreneurial groups. It is located at the intersection of a sociology of organization, economy, and social inequality.
In numerous studies, Stamm has examined the family embedding of firms in Germany, the relationship between groups and organizations, norms and practices of transgenerational submission, and most recently, normative shifts with regard to exit in German Mittelstand. 

Research fields:

  • Economic and organizational sociology
  • Research of self-employment and entrepreneurship
  • Sociology of small groups
  • Life course and biographical research
  • Methods of empirical social research
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