Due to a study made by CB-Insights the founding team is on rank 3 of the top reasons why startups failed. 22% indicated that they cancelled their business activity due to team problems. According to the study in many cases the team didn’t had the right personell/ human resources to build a MVP. A business plan addresses the question about which job positions, expertise and skills are needed to take a stand in the market (source). It says which human resources are need for the enterprise or shows other ways to be able to develop the product. Therefore business planning should have helped to avoid these kind of problems.According to (Blau, 1970; Shaw and Harkey 1976) larger teams tend to face higher coordination and communication problems than small firms. A higher amount of resources needs to be coordinated which commonly/generally requires more management skills. The business plan can help with the coordination of the expertise and skills of the team members. It should contain a resume/recap of the tasks of each member that includes which abilities, knowledge and skills an individual has and clarifies the position in the startup team (which in the early beginning often isn’t a fixed job title) and clarifies the responsibilities and decision areas and rights. This becomes more and more important in larger teams because more resources need to be allocated where needed and a higher amount of information needs to be communicated appropriately. All in all this is also a communication problem (coordination = more planning aspect). Functioning as a communication tool the business plan can make clear air of the arrangement of the shares of the startup. This problem often leads to conflict inside the team (source). In general it should make the communication as transparent as possible and address every possible upcoming question inside the team. Common team problems are also personal conflict, the fear of conflict and missing trust. Partly the business plan can also help here to decrease the upcoming mistrust and conflict.A higher number of workers lead, next to a higher amount of knowledge and skills, also to a higher variety of different goals and thoughts within the team. As goal theory suggests individual goals should match with the goals of the firm. Team members would therefore show a higher commitment to their goal which enhances the business performance (Locke and Latham, 2002).Goal discrepancy in contrast will undermine the performance of a business (source). In fact XX could already find general planning as a moderator between goal orientation and the group performance. Accordingly the business plan should capture the goals of the business in written form to allow to communicate the goals to every member and to align the individual goals with the team members and therefore enhance business performance. Making goals clear directs attention to relevant activities. Setting deadlines enhances the consistency inside the team and high goals lead to more performance.noch besser in Text einfügen They also point out that high set goals lead to better performance. Thus business planning could enhance the team performance with setting high objectives.Moreover Locke and Latham (2002)prüfen argue that self-set goals lead to a higher commitment which in turn enhances business performance (Locke and Latham, 2002). Business planning is a documentation tool in that goals from each member can be incorporated. This could help to lead to a higher commitment for the respective member and thus also the performance of the business.Another problem that should not be neglected is the increasing thread of free riding of a team member in large teams. As the organization and tasks get more complex and a single members performance is harder to measure the individual incentives to provide a high performance shrink. A business plan could prevent team members from free riding due to individual objectives and the controlling of the outcomes to reach those objectives after a deadline (source).Therefore I come up with the final hypothesis that larger teams should engage more in planning due to more need of coordination and communication. These are parts that the business plan enhances.Hypothesis 3: Business planning enhances team performance over proportionally in large teams.