Global Center for Family Enterprise

Family
Enterprise

The Family as an
Entrepreneurial Team

Global Center for Family Enterprise (GCFE)

The Global Center for Family Enterprise (GCFE) focuses on the interplay between the “family” and the “enterprise”. The Center’s research focuses on three main research areas: Sustainability, New Technologies and Innovation and Strategy and Governance in Family Enterprises. It is of utmost importance for the GCFE to take an interdisciplinary research approach by incorporating diverse perspectives (e.g. psychological, sociological, economic and legal) to examine family enterprise behavior. The Center’s research is mostly evidence-based and its goal is to achieve academic excellence while researching highly relevant topics. It is also the Center’s mission not only to create but to disseminate knowledge within Germany, Europe and the world.

Sustainability
in Family Enterprise

How can family enterprises contribute to and benefit from sustainability to ensure their longevity?

We examine the theory, conceptual underpinnings, and implications of sustainability for family enterprises. We apply a multi-dimensional approach on (corporate) sustainability and provide insights on how family enterprises can generate long-term value for their owners and stakeholders fostering companies’ longevity. Thereby, we take responsible leadership, business, innovation practices, and forward-looking training activities as the basis for family enterprises’ sustainable development. More specifically, we aim to better understand how family enterprises contribute to solving the grand societal challenges of the 21st century, promote gender equality, and how they effectively pursue responsible business activities. We focus also our interest on investigating topics such as sustainable entrepreneurship. We aim to understand how families can sustain their business for the long-run and across generations and develop the competences to adapt to structural and environmental changes in terms of adjusting their human capital, cognitive skills, and corporate governance structure to changing environmental demands.

New Technologies and Innovation in Family Enterprises

How can family enterprises adapt and
introduce new technologies
of the 21st century?

New technologies, e.g., artificial intelligence (AI), digital technologies and block chain technology, are considered to be path-breaking drivers of organizational change and innovation in family enterprises. New ground-breaking technologies pose significant new challenges for organization in research and business, particularly with regard to responsible leadership, business and innovation practices, and social integrity. Family enterprises face the challenge to efficiently react to and shape these new technologies. We are interested in examining how family enterprises implement strategies, structures, and employee training using their unique competences to leverage the potential arising from these new technologies.
For instance, AI might lead to faster and more accurate decisions of managers while also having the ability to transform interactions between humans and AI within teams and organizations. We are interested in investigating how family enterprises can effectively deploy path-breaking technologies and aim to generate knowledge to how family enterprises of the 21st may look like. For example, we provide insights on managerial practices and strategies that help family enterprises to leverage disruptive technological changes, design technology-based forms of collaboration, and to effectively establish human-machine interaction.

Strategy and Governance in Family Enterprises

Which strategies and governance structures help family enterprises to gain competitive advantage?

Family enterprises are characterized by a unique governance structure. Those enterprises need to sustain competitive advantages in rapidly changing business environments with high uncertainty and time pressure. While the specific governance constellations of family enterprises having ownership and management within the family might diminish e.g., owners’ impatience and managerial short-termism, and agency costs, issues may arise due to company succession, nepotism, stakeholder interactions, and family conflicts. We are thus interested in understanding how governance (i.e., corporate governance, ownership and family governance) can be strategically employed to achieve competitive advantage and effective resource deployment within family enterprises. Hence, we investigate for instance topics such as strategic ownership, ownership competence, corporate and contract governance, and contract negotiations to ensure family enterprises’ long-term success.

News

25th january 2022
“The Essentials of Contract Negotiation” now available in spanish

The new book “Claves para la negociación de contratos” of Prof. Stefanie Jung and Prof. Peter Krebs (University of Siegen) has just been released.
Now you can read about the essentials of contract negotiations in Spanish, English and German. We are looking forward to discussing best practices in negotiations now in three languages. Find the book here and take a look inside.

24th january 2022
NEW ARTICLE BY PROF. CHENGGUANG LI AND PROF. MICHELE GELFAND (STANFORD UNIVERSITY)

Chengguang Li and Michele Gelfand‘s (Stanford Graduate School of Business) article titled “The influence of cultural tightness-looseness on cross-border acquisition performance” has been published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (JEBO). In this article, the authors examine how differences in the strength of social norms—or tightness-looseness—across countries can explain the financial performance of  cross-border acquisitions. They find that tightness-looseness has a  profound influence on acquisition performance and that this influence is further affected by several cultural and industry contingencies. Read more about the paper here.

1st January 2022
NEW PROFESSOR AT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR FAMILY ENTERPRISE

We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Chengguang Li as Professor of Strategic Management as of 1st of January to the GCFE.
His research interests center around digitization to global strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic alliances and joint ventures.
Thus, he complements our professorial team with new exciting research topics underlying the interdisciplinary approach.
We wish Prof. Dr. Chengguang Li a good start at the GCFE!

17th December 2021
research News: decarbonization in family businesses

Together with Prof. Dr. Gunther Friedl from TUM Munich, our professor Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird initiated a new scientific project on “Decarbonization at German Family Firms“. Thematically, the project focuses on the importance of decarbonization in German family businesses and thereof resulting managerial recommendations. The 3 year project is funded by Dr. Hans Riegel-Stiftung, represented by Dr. Henning Hues. We are looking forward to fascinating and valuable knowledge creation!

10th november 2021
TUM connect in heilbronn

Last week, our center director Prof. Miriam Bird participated as one of the four thematic experts in the topic of Family Enterprises at this event series. She represented the “Speakers Corner” about the topic of “Family Enterprises and their Innovation capability”. In a discussion round, we had a fruitful and lively exchange of ideas and opinions together with interested guests. The main conclusions in a nutshell:
• Employees are the key to innovation, especially in family businesses where there is a high identification with the company.
• To realize the greatest possible potential of employees, groups such as females and older employee generations need to be given more consideration as valuable resource.
• Alliances and synergies must be created across SMEs to leverage synergies.

20th October 2021
TUM Talk at Campus Heilbronn

The second TUM Talk took place on the TUM Campus Heilbronn themed “Family businesses in transition”. We, the GCFE with our center director Prof. Miriam Bird were responsible for the concept and content of the event.
In front of the 100 guests in presence as well as the numerous spectators in the livestream, the designated company successor Sarna Röser of Karl Röser & Sohn GmbH held a thrilling keynote on the topic “Tomorrow’s leaders”.
An exciting evening with a valuable exchange during which we learned one lesson above all: Family businesses as the jewel of the German economy need the impulse of the new generation to continue to survive in the long-term. Especially for our research team, the evening offered interesting impressions and approaches that motivate us to work on new strategies for today’s challenges in cooperation between practice and research.

5th October 2021
European Business Law review – new article

We are pleased to share with you the new article by Professor Stefanie Jung and Professor Peter Krebs (University of Siegen): “Reconsideration of the European Groups Law”. So far, the EU has not yet established rules governing company groups. Given the possible benefits of such a regulation, the paper proposes a new concept for a legally binding European group law. The proposal aims to develop an innovative concept that is both, practicable for the parent company in the sense of an enabling law, and which simultaneously protects minority shareholders and creditors. In this context, the article also discusses group solidarity.

15th september 2021
New Professor for economics

We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Philipp Lergetporer as a new member of the GCFE! He will teach in the field of economics and thus enriches the team of professors with another discipline.
He is an empirical economist who conducts policy-relevant research at the intersection of education economics, public economics, and behavioral economics. We are looking forward to a good collaboration, discovering new synergies with other areas and interesting teaching sessions.
We wish him a good start at the GCFE!

31st August 2021
Jannis von Nitzsch wins Best Reviewer Award 2021

Congratulations to our Ph.D. student Jannis von Nitzsch for receiving the Best Reviewer Award 2021 in the Entrepreneurship Division of the 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. This award is assigned to scholars who provide excellent feedback to the working papers submitted to conference. This year participants from all of the world discussed the theme “Bringing the Manager back in Management”. We enjoyed exciting talks and discussions and already look forward to next year!

27th August 2021
research grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation

We are proud to announce that Prof. Miriam Bird has been awarded a prestigious research grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). In the next four years, the research project will study how venture teams should be designed to achieve firm growth and survival. The study of new venture team design needs to move beyond static perspectives of founding team composition by addressing elements of power distributions within new venture teams, the role of employees in complementing the entrepreneurial team and team dynamics such as entrepreneurial team turnover events. We are looking forward to hosting this cross-university collaboration at the GCFE.

News Archive

17th November 2020
Paper of Prof. bird is the winner of the ebs best paper award

The paper “When the former CEO stays on board: The role of the predecessor’s board retention for product innovation in family firms” (Stephanie Querbach, Miriam Bird, Priscilla Sarai Kraft, and Nadine Kammerlander) won the EBS Best Paper Award which recognizes outstanding research articles with practical relevance in innovation, entrepreneurship and transformation.

15th october 2020
Paper of Prof. dr. miriam bird nominated for ebs best paper award

The recently published paper “When the former CEO stays on board: The role of the predecessor’s board retention for product innovation in family firms” (Stephanie Querbach, Miriam Bird, Priscilla Sarai Kraft, and Nadine Kammerlander) is nominated for the EBS Best Paper Award 2020. The paper will be presented during the award ceremony on November 17th, 2020. Papers with outstanding scientific and practical contribution on innovation, entrepreneurship and transformation are honored each year with the EBS Best Paper Award.

13th July 2021
New Article of Prof. Jung and Michael Matejek

Prof. Stefanie Jung  and Michael Matejek released a new publication: „Multidimensionalität von (Mediations-)Verhandlungen“. This first part of the paper deals with the challenges of the multidimensionality of the BATNA (Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement) and the ZOPA (Zone of Possible Agreement) in contract negotiations. The second part of the article will then address possible solutions for dealing with these challenges.

9th March 2021
Prof. Jung’s publication: feeling of justice in business contracts

Prof. Stefanie Jung’s new article “Das Rechtsgefühl im unternehmerischen Vertragsrecht“ deals with the sense of justice in business contracts. The article demonstrates that this feeling can be measured empirically. In summary, it is argued that the observed “Rechtsgefühl” should be used as an argument in contract law when there is room for interpretation.  

8th February 2021
New article by Prof. Jung: the pandemic’s infuences on Tenancy law

Professor Stefanie Jung’s new article “Coronabedingte Störung der Geschäftsgrundlage bei gewerblichen Miet- und Pachtverhältnissen – Gesetzesänderung bleibt auf halbem Wege stehen” is published now. In short: the Corona pandemic forced the German government to close almost all types of businesses. Some are struggling to pay their rent now. Federal lawmakers had already prohibited the revocation of leases and rental agreements for nonperformance during the first lockdown caused by the pandemic’s aftermath, so it was unclear whether the rules on contract frustration still applied – a new law now declares them applicable.

16th December 2020
New Article of Prof. Jung published

Prof. Jung recently published the new article “European Legal Forms – Underlying Systematic and Principles”.
The article examines the historical development of European legal forms such as the Societas Europaea (SE), their significance in practicetheir effect on the competition between EU and national level and the regulatory techniques used to deal with the multi-level challenges.

20th June 2020
Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird joins the EDItorial Board oF Journal of BUsiness Venturing

Miriam Bird has been selected to join the editorial review board of Journal of Business Venturing (JBV). JBV is one of the top-tier journals publishing entrepreneurship research. More information can be found here.

10th June 2020
NEW PUBLICATION BY PROF. Dr. Miriam Bird

Former owner-managers often “stay on board” after succession has taken place in small- and medium-sized family firms. But is that a good idea? In the newly published JPIM Journal of Product Innovation Management article “When the Former CEO Stays on Board: The Role of the Predecessor’s Board Retention for Product Innovation in Family Firms”, Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird and her co-authors aim to answer this question (joint study by Stephanie Querbach, Miriam Bird, Priscilla Sarai Kraft, and Nadine Kammerlander): The study can be found here.

16th November 2020
founders week in Heilbronn: Prof. Bird talks at startupcity x experts about entrepreneurial team formation

During this year’s founders week, Prof. Bird was invited to talk at the StartupCity Meets Experts Event in Heilbronn. Talking to entrepreneurs, Prof. Bird explained how the ideal entrepreneurial team should be formed and which aspects should be considered in designing a successful team. The local newspaper Heilbronner Stimme summarized the main findings in the following article.

7th april 2021
New Professor at the global center for family enterprise

We warmly welcome Prof. Dr. Michael Stich as Professor of Accounting as of 1st of April to the GCFE.
Prof. Stich research interests center around sustainability reporting, investor impatience and managerial myopia,  as well as accounting enforcement.
Thus, he complements our professorial team with new exciting research topics
and his professorship underlines our interdisciplinary approach. We wish our Prof. Dr. Michael Stich a good start at the GCFE!

1st September 2020
The Global center for family enterprise is growing

We warmly welcome Sidney Hribersek as new scientific employee of Prof. Bird and Bernadette Boehl and Lina María Gélvez Álvarez as new part of the scientific staff of Prof. Jung. In addition, we welcome Christina Kößmeier as our center manager and Lena Vorsatz as team assistant human resources & infrastructure.

We wish all our new team members a good start at the GCFE.

10th August 2021
HANIX Magazine interviews Prof. Jung

A newly published article in the local Heilbronn magazine “Hanix” discusses the topic of rationality of lying. As an expert in the field of contract negotiations, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jung talks in the interview about the phenomenon of lies, bluffs, and their consequences in business negotiations. In short: Lies in business-to-business negotiations are relatively common. Negotiators bluff among other aspects about their reservation price, deadlines, preferences, better offers, and the availability of their products. Such lies are regularly told for one’s own benefit. However, some of these bluffs are still considered to be morally acceptable by professional negotiators, lawyers, and judges. These moral beliefs have to be distinguished from legal beliefs, i.e. which legal consequences people favor. People tend to only advocate legal consequences for severe misrepresentations like bluffs about the contract object (e.g the machine to be sold), the price, or the legal situation.

4th February 2021
in the news: Prof. Bird talks about female Succession in Family businesses

A newly published article in the magazine Hanix discusses the topic of “female” succession within German family businesses. As expert in the field of succession in family businesses, Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird talks in the interview about the phenomenon of “female successors”. Given the lack of successors for family businesses, those firms need to be open to also appoint female successors. Females from the family often incorporate higher levels family values, leadership qualities, traditions as well as diverse backgrounds than successors coming from outside the family. In short: family businesses need to recognize the potential of female family members to succeed across generations. The link to the article can be found here.

24th November 2020
Global Center for Family Enterprise now on Linkedin

From now on, we are also active on social media. On our LinkedIn page TUM Global Center for Family Enterprise, we will share more about our work and activities. You can find us here.

27th october 2020
in the news: Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird talks about the compatibility of family and career

Managing career and family is the topic that Prof. Miriam Bird, and two other experts, are discussing this week in an article in the local newspaper “Heilbronner Stimme”. As professor and director of the Global Center for Family Enterprise, and even in the role of a young mother, Prof. Miriam Bird discusses the challenges and possible solutions for how females can handle this issue. The link to the article can be found here.

18TH AUGUST 2020
NEW TEACHING CONCEPT FOR THE WINTER TERM 2020/2021

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, our team at the Global Center for Family Enterprise is working on an innovative teaching concept using the latest technologies for the winter semester 2020/2021.
We are looking forward to welcoming our students in the winter term!

Professors

Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird
Director Global Center for Family Enterprise (GCFE)
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jung
Professor of Corporate Law

Prof. Dr. Philipp Lergetporer
Professor of Economics

Prof. Dr. Chengguang Li
Professor of Strategic Management

Prof. Dr. Michael Stich
Professor of Accounting

Find out more by clicking
on the Professors’ Profiles!

Lecturer

Dr. Gerald Reger

Lawyer, Certified Specialist in Tax Law
Partner at Noerr LLP

Email: gerald.reger@noerr.com

Curriculum Vitae

Visiting Professors

Prof. Karl Wennberg, PhD

Professor for Educational Leadership and Excellence
Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

Prof. Karl Wennberg’s research deals with the Economics of Education, Entrepreneurship, Family Business and Organization Theory.
He has held academic positions at Linköping University in Sweden, the Imperial College Business School in the UK, and visiting positions in Spain, Sweden, Australia, the United States and as well as at the Global Center for Family Enterprise at the TUM School of Management.

Scientific Staff

Who we are

Research Interests:

  • Family Entrepreneurship
  • Education Economics and Educational Inequality
  • Labour Economics

 

Professional experience:

  • 03/2019-04/2019 Internship, Wüstenrot & Württembergische, Ludwigsburg
  • 11/2018-03/2019 Internship, Ernst & Young GmbH, Stuttgart
  • 08/2017-09/2017 Internship, Berenberg Bank, Zurich
  • 03/2017-07/2017 Practical Semester, BBP Kunststoffwerk Marbach GmbH

 

Teaching Experience:

  • 09/2020-03/2021 Advanced Microeconomics I, M.Sc. Economics, University of Konstanz

 

Academic Career and Education:

  • Since 10/2020 Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • 01/2020-09/2021 Research Assistant at the department of Accounting, University of Konstanz
  • 04/2020-09/2021 Research Assistant at the department of Microeconomics, University of Konstanz
  • 10/2019-08/2021 Master of Science in Economics, University of Konstanz
  • 10/2017-03/2018 Exchange Studies, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
  • 10/2015-10/2018 Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration, University of Konstanz

 

Phone: ‪+49 7131 264 18 873
Email
: helena.baier@tum.de

Research Interests:

  • Corporate Law
  • Private International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Contract Negotiations

 

Professional experience:

Since 03/2020 Articled clerk at Darmstadt Regional Court (Hessen)

 

Academic career and education:

  • Since 09/2020 Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • 04/2013 – 06/2019 Law Studies at the University of Heidelberg; Degree: First State Examination in Law; Specialisation: Private International Law
  • 09/2015 – 02/2016 Semester abroad at the University of Bologna

Research Interests:

  • European Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Contract Negotiations

 

Professional experience:

  • Since 04/2021 Legal clerkship at the Regional Court Heilbronn (Baden-Württemberg)

 

Academic career and education:

  • Since 06/2021 Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • 10/2015 – 03/2021 Law Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg; Degree: First State Examination in Law
  • 08/2017 – 12/2017 Semester abroad at the Åbo Akademi Turku, Finland

 

Research Interests:

  • European Business Law
  • European and German Competition Law
  • Contract Negotiations

 

Published Articles:

Melissa Dowse/Dr. Hermann Dück: Zwangseinwilligung zur Datenverarbeitung“ – zugleich Anmerkung zum Beschluss des OLG Düsseldorf in Sachen Facebook, NZKart 2020, pp. 80-82

 

Presentations:

Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) Annual Conference 2020, with paper: “Competitive restraints in digital platform competition through the lense of the current authority practice in abuse control – a comparative appraisal”

 

Teaching Experience:

Exercise Introduction to Civil Law Winter Term 2019/2020

 

Professional experience:

  • 08/2019 – 10/2018 Internship Law Firm Beiten Burkhardt Anwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Brussels
  • 07/2016 – 09/2016 Internship Legal Department Heinrich Georg Maschinenbau GmbH, Siegen

 

Academic career and education:

  • Since 03/2020 Research Associate Professorship Corporate Law at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • Since 04/2019 Doctoral Candidate Professorship for Civil Law, University of Siegen
  • 05/2019 – 02/2020 Research Associate Professorship for Corporate and Civil Law, Siegen
  • 10/2016 – 03/2019 Master of Law, University of Siegen
  • 04/2017 – 04/2019 Student Assistant Professorship for Corporate and Civil Law, Siegen
  • 11/2016 – 02/2017 Work Contract Translation Project, Siegen
  • 10/2013 – 09/2016 Bachelor of Law, German and European Business Law, University of Siegen

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 859
Email
: melissa.dowse@tum.de

Research Interests:

  • Family Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Teams
  • Language and Personalities of Leaders

 

Professional experience:

  • 12/2019 – 09/2020 Research Assistant at the Institute of Business Management and Organization, Technical University of Braunschweig
  • 10/2018 – 12/2019 Student Assistant at the Institute of Business Management and Organization, Technical University of Braunschweig

 

Academic career and education:

  • Since 10/2020 Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • 04/2016 – 12/2019 Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, Technical University of Braunschweig
  • 10/2012 – 11/2015 Bachelor of Science in Business and Engineering, Clausthal University of Technology

 

Phone: ‪+49 7131 264 18 862
Email
: daniel.ebsen@tum.de

Research Interests:

  • Economic Analysis of Law
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods
  • Contract Negotiations

 

Teaching Experience:

  • 08/2018 – 06/2020 Logic and Legal Reasoning. Faculty of Law, Political and Social Sciences. Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • 08/2018 – 06/2020 Legal Hermeneutics. Faculty of Law, Political and Social Sciences. Universidad Nacional de Colombia

 

Professional experience:

  • 01/2017 – 04/2017 Legal Trainee Ciopora, Hamburg
  • 06/2015 – 09/2015 Legal Advisor in the Project “Strengthening Public Finances in Colombia”. Development Research Center, National Planning Department, Colombia
  • 04/2014 – 02/2015 Legal Trainee. Rincón Cuellar & Asociados, Colombia
  • 01/2014 – 04/2014 Internship. Cundinamarca Regional High Court, Colombia

 

Academic career and education:

  • Since 09/2020 Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • 09/2018 – 06/2020 Research Assistant. Think Tank for Public Management, Colombia
  • 02/2013 – 05/2020 Bachelor of Science in Economics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • 10/2016 – 04/2020 Master of Arts in Staatswissenschaften – Public Economics, Law and Politics. Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • 05/2014 – 06/2018 Research Assistant, FILDEREG Research Group, Colombia
  • 08/2015 – 08/2016 Research Assistant. Observatory of contemporary rural Problems, Colombia
  • 03/2015 – 09/2015 Research Assistant. PLEBIO, Colombia
  • 08/2009 – 03/2015 Bachelor in Law, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 860
Email
: lina.gelvez@tum.de

Research Interests:

  • European Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Contract Negotiations

 

Professional experience:

  • 10/2018 – 04/2019 Student Assistant at the Law Firm Mayer Brown LLP, Frankfurt/Main
  • 08/2018 – 10/2018 Internship at the Law Firm Beiten Burkhardt Anwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Brussels

 

Academic career and education:

  • Since 10/2020 Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • 07/2019 – 07/2020 Student Assistant at the Professorship for Constitutional Law, Freiburg
  • 08/2016 – 08/2018 Student Assistant at the Professorship for Constitutional Law, Freiburg
  • 10/2015 – 07/2018 Law Studies at the French Law School of the University of Freiburg
  • 10/2015 – 06/2020 Law Studies at the University of Freiburg; Degree: First State Examination in Law; Specialisation: German, European and International Public Law

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 867
Email
: anne-kathrin.haag@tum.de

Research Interests:

  • Women in the business context:
    – Gender and Diversity
    – Female Entrepreneurship
    – Females in Family Enterprises

 

Teaching Experiences:

  • Advanced Seminar Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Managing the Family Enterprise
  • Advanced Seminar Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Sustainability in Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship Exersice

 

Project Studies

  • Project study with Rail Cargo Carrier (ÖBB)
  • Project study with Noerpel Group

 

Professional experience:

  • 01/2018 – 03/2020 Public Relations Assistant, Center for Responsible Innovation and Design, Siegen
  • 01/2017 – 04/2020 Human Resources Generalist and Head of Marketing & Communication, Stahlservice F. Hriberschek, Netphen
  • Since 2017 Member and since 2020 Fellow of Marketing Talents Program (University of Siegen), Siegen
  • 10/2016 – 02/2017 Management Consultancy Seminar in the Field of Personnel Marketing, Erndtebrücker Eisenwerk GmbH & Co. KG in Cooperation with Zukunftswerkstatt, Erndtebrück
  • 10/2013 – 12/2016 Human Resources Assistant and Commercial Clerk, Stahlservice F. Hriberschek, Netphen

 

Academic career and education:

  • Since 08/2020 Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • 10/2017 – 03/2020 Master of Science in Managements and Markets, University of Siegen
  • 09/2017 – 06/2020 Student Assistant and Research Associate at the Chair of Information Systems, University of Siegen
  • 04/2017 – 11/2017 Interdisciplinary Research Project “Future Workspaces“, FoKoS Institute for Advanced Study
  • 10/2013 – 09/2017 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Siegen

 

Publications:

  • Kordyaka, B., Laato, S., Jahn, K., Hribersek, S. (2020). Designing Community Identification – A Multi-Method Approach. 28th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2020), Marrakesh, Morroco.
  • Kordyaka, B., Jahn, K., Hribersek, S., Klein, H., Niehaves, B. (2020). Two Faced Users? Exploring Motivational Taxonomies of Playful System. 26th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2020), Salt Lake City, USA.
  • Kordyaka, B., Hribersek, S., Kruse, B., Niehaves, B. (2020). Understanding Brand Loyalty – The Case of the eSports Consumer from a Relationship Quality Perspective. 4th International Conference for Gamification Research (GamiFin 2020), Levi, Finnland.
  • Kordyaka, B., Klein, H., Jahn, K., Hribersek, S., Niehaves, B. (2020). A Matter of the Person or the Situation? Structuring Motivational Affordances of Gamification Elements. 4th International Conference for Gamification Research (GamiFin 2020), Levi, Finnland.
  • Kordyaka, B., Hribersek, S. (2019). Crafting Identity in League of Legends – Purchases as a Tool to Achieve Desired Impressions. In: Proceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICCS-52), Maui, Hawaii. ISBN: 978-0-9981331-2-6.

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 863
Email
: sidney.hribersek@tum.de

Research Interests:

  • Heuristics and Biases in Entrepreneurial Decision Making
  • Entrepreneurial Teams
  • Networking

 

Teaching Experience:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Decision Making in Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship

 

Professional experience:

  • 03/2019 – 05/2020 Strategy Consultant, Kampmann Management Consultants, Frankfurt
  • 07/2017 – 07/2018 Internship and Working Student, McKinsey & Company, Cologne
  • 08/2014 – 07/2017 Internship and Freelancer, Team Steffenhagen Consulting, Aachen
  • 03/2013 – 03/2014 Internship and Working Student, Pro Facts Assessment & Training, Herzogenrath

 

Academic career and education:

  • Since 06/2020 Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • 01/2016 – 01/2017 Support of the launch of a Decision-Tool, RWTH Aachen
  • 10/2014 – 09/2018 Master of Science in Psychology, University of Cologne
  • 09/2012 – 03/2014 Student Assistant at the Chair of Social Psychology, University of Cologne
  • 10/2011 – 09/2014 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Cologne

 

Publications

  • Weihrauch, L., Wolff, H. G., Stöger, L. K., von Nitzsch, J., & Konari, N. (2021). Wie baue ich ein erfolgreiches Netzwerk auf? Konzeption, Durchführung und Evaluation eines Networking-Trainings. Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie (GIO), 52(1), 121-134

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 861
Email: jannis.nitzsch@tum.de

Research Interests:

  • Family Enterprises and Digitalization
  • Entrepreneurial Families and embeddedness
  • Entrepreneurial Families‘ sustainability
  • Qualitative research in Family Businesses contexts

 

Professional experience:

  • 07/2016 Marketing and Communication Assistant, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • 02/2016-06/2016 Trainee Supply Chain Management Launch Analyst, The Ford Motor Company, Valencia, Spain

 

Academic career and education:

  • Since 06/2021 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • 09/2017-03/2021 PhD Candidate in Family Business, Deusto Business School, University of Deusto, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
  • 10/2019-12/2019 Visiting Researcher, Chair of Enterprise and Family Business, Queen Margaret University, Scotland, UK
  • 09/2019-10/2019 Visiting Researcher, Institute of Geography, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 06/2019-07/2019 Visiting Researcher, Chaire Entrepreneuriat Familial et Société, Audencia Business School, Nantes, France
  • 06/2018-07/2018 Visiting Researcher, INGENIO (Spanish National Research Council and Polytechnic University of Valencia), Valencia, Spain
  • 09/2016-07/2017 M.Soc.Sc. in Business Strategy, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • 09/2016-11/2016 Research Project Collaborator, INGENIO (Spanish National Research Council and Polytechnic University of Valencia), Valencia, Spain
  • 11/2015-06/2016 Research Project Collaborator, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • 09/2014-07/2015 Erasmus Academic Exchange Year, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy
  • 09/2012-07/2016 Bachelor’s degree in International Business – Major in Marketing and Organization

Publications

  • Martínez-Sanchis, P., Iturrioz, C., Aragón-Amonarriz, C., Radu-Lefebvre, M., & Seaman, C. (in press). Institutional setting and local embeddedness of European Entrepreneurial Families: An inter-regional comparison. European Planning Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2021.1889474.
  • Martínez-Sanchis, P., Aragón-Amonarriz, C., & Iturrioz-Landart, C. (2020). How the Pygmalion Effect operates in intra-family succession: Shared expectations in family SMEs. European Management Journal, 38(6), 914-926. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2020.04.005.
  • Martínez-Sanchis, P., Aragón-Amonarriz, C., & Iturrioz-Landart, C. (in press). How does the territory impact on entrepreneurial family embeddedness? Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy. https://doi.org/10.1108/jec-09-2019-0087.
  • Martínez-Sanchis, P. (2017). The internationalization challenge for Spanish Small and Medium Enterprises: An exploratory approach. Cuadernos de Estudios Empresariales (Complutense University of Madrid), 27, 11-26.
  • Fernandez-Mesa, A., Llopis-Corcoles, O., Garcia-Granero, A., Olmos-Penuela, J., & Martínez-Sanchis, P. (2017). Tell me what you are like and I’ll understand why you are leaving. Universia Business Review, (55), 80-117.

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 872
Email: paula.martinez-sanchis@tum.de

Research Interests:

  • Private International Law
  • EU Law
  • EU Business Law

 

Professional experience:

  • 10/2018 – 10/2020 Legal clerkship at the Regional Court Offenburg with traineeships at the law firm Clifford Chance LLP in Düsseldorf and Audi AG in Neckarsulm
  • 03/2018 – 07/2018 Research Associate at the law firm Gleiss Lutz in Stuttgart
  • 11/2015 – 01/2016 Internship at the law firm BridghouseLaw LLP in Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 08/2015 – 10/2015 Internship at the law firm Hogan Lovells LLP in Munich
  • 09/2015 – 08/2016 Student Assistant at the Centre for European Policy, Freiburg

 

Academic career and education:

  • Since 11/2020 Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Campus Heilbronn
  • 10/2019 – 01/2020 Law Studies at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer
  • 12/2014 – 08/2015 Student Assistant at the Professorship for Foreign and International Private Law, Dept. 3, University of Freiburg
  • 01/2016 – 06/2016 Law Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • 10/2012 – 01/2018 Law Studies at the University of Freiburg; Degree: First State Examination in Law; Specialization: European Private Law and Business Law

 

Phone: +49 7131 264 18 868
Email: nikita.rolsing@tum.de

Supporting Staff

Lena Vorsatz

Team Assistant Human Resources
Center Administration
Phone: +49 7131 264 18 851
Room: L330
E-Mail: lena.vorsatz@tum.de

Postadresse:
Bildungscampus 9, 74076 Heilbronn

Christine Sebastian

Team Assistant Finance & Controlling
Center Administration
Phone: +49 7131 264 18 852
Room: L330
E-Mail: christine.sebastian@tum.de

Postadresse:
Bildungscampus 9, 74076 Heilbronn

Kristina Brandt

Team Assistant Procurement & Infrastructure
Center Administration
Phone: +49 7131 264 18 853
Room: L330
E-Mail: kristina.brandt@tum.de

Postadresse:
Bildungscampus 9, 74076 Heilbronn

Research Talks

research talks by external researchers

On a regular basis, we invite internationally recognized researchers to present and discuss their newest research insights with our GCFE members. These research talks provide us with a unique opportunity to be at the verge of new research contributions. The research talks usually deal with topics related to entrepreneurship and family enterprise.

Past Research Talks
2021

Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris (Professor of Entrepreneurship at Bayes Business School London, UK): Specialist versus generalist founders’ experience and fundraising at IPO. Research Talk on November 30, 2021 at TUM Campus Heilbronn.

Prof. Dr. Karl Wennberg (Department of Organization and Management at the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden): Family Vulnerability and Gender Homophily in Male-Led Ventures. Research Talk on September 28, 2021 at TUM Campus Heilbronn.

2020

Dr. Johannes Kleinhempel (University of Manchester, Presidential Fellow at the Institute for PMO Comparative & International Business): Cultural Roots of Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Second-generation Immigrants. Research Talk on October 20, 2020 at the TUM Campus Heilbronn.

Ed Saiedi (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Economics and Management): Turned Down in a Downturn? Real Effects of Not Securing Capital in the Global Financial Crisis. Research Talk on October 16, 2020 at the TUM Campus Heilbronn.

Teaching

Project Studies

Project studies can be either a research or a practical project carried out by a student team in collaboration with a company. The companies provide students with hands-on experience in the context of a specific project. A project study normally consists of teamwork of 2 to 5 students with a project duration between 3-6 months.

At the moment there are no project studies available at GCFE. Please come back next semester or find more about other project studies on the TUM Job Board.

Jobs

18th January 2022
Scientific Employee (Doctoral Student) position in Economics

TUM School of Management at TUM Campus Heilbronn invites applications for the position of a scientific employee (doctoral student) (m/f/x) in Economics at the Global Center for Family Enterprise (Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird, Prof. Philipp Lergetporer, PhD). Expected starting date is April 2022 or by mutual agreement. The position is limited to 36 months. The focus of the position is on field and survey experiments related to the topic “family enterprises” and “entrepreneurship”.Please find a detailed job description here.

5th January 2022
Scientific Employee (Doctoral Student) position in Accounting

The TUM School of Management invites applications for a scientific employee position on the TV-L E13 level (m/f/x) of the public sector pay scale at the Professorship of Accounting. The Professorship of Accounting (Prof. Dr. Michael Stich) is an integral part of the Global Center for Family Enterprise at the newly founded TUM Campus Heilbronn. It contributes to a wide spectrum of challenges related to domestic and international accounting (e.g., financial accounting, managerial accounting, sustainability accounting, tax accounting, and accounting assurance). The expected starting date is April 01, 2022 or later by mutual agreement. The position is limited to 36 months (extension for another 12 months is possible).Please find a detailed job description here.

5th january 2022
Research Associate/ Doctoral Student position in corporate law

The Chair of Corporate Law (Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jung) at the TUM Campus Heilbronn has an open position (50% part-time) for a scientific employee (doctoral candidate) (m/f/d) for a limited period of 24 months. The possibility of a doctorate is given and desired. The focus of the position is research in business law. We are looking for a reliable team player with strong communication skills (English and German) and above-average performance in the studies of (business) law with solid knowledge of corporate law and/or basic knowledge (or interest) in contract drafting and negotiation. More details can be found here.

4th january 2022
Postdoc Position in accounting

TUM School of Management at TUM Campus Heilbronn invites applications for a Postdoc position (m/f/x) at the Professorship of Accounting (Prof. Dr. Michael Stich). This professorship is an integral part of the Global Center for Family Enterprise at the TUM Campus Heilbronn. It contributes to a wide spectrum of challenges related to accounting, e.g., financial accounting, managerial accounting, sustainability accounting, and tax accounting. The expected starting date is April 01, 2022 or later by mutual agreement. The position is limited to 36 months. After a positive research and teaching evaluation, the position is extended for another 36 months. Please find a detailed job description here.

2nd December 2021
Student Assistant Position in Accounting

The Professorship of Accounting (Prof. Dr. Michael Stich) is looking for a motivated student assistant (12 – 24 hours per month) to support research activities in the fields of accounting, management, and corporate sustainability from March 2022 or on mutual agreement. We welcome applications from motivated bachelor and master students of all fields. Please find a detailed job description here.

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