Global Center for Family Enterprise


The Family as an
Entrepreneurial Team

Global Center for Family Enterprise (GCFE)

The Global Center for Family Enterprise (GCFE) is uniquely positioned to conduct research on a broad range of topics such as succession, strategy, innovation and governance in family firms. In particular, we are interested in understanding better the interplay between the “family” and the “enterprise”. It is of utmost importance for the Center to take an interdisciplinary approach taking into account various perspectives (e.g., psychological, sociological) to examine family enterprise behaviour. The Center’s research is mostly evidence-based and its goal is to achieve academic excellence while also researching highly relevant topics. Finally, the Center has a strong desire to create and disseminate knowledge. In the following, we outline some of the Center’s current research areas.

Transgenerational Entrepreneurship in Family Enterprises

To explore the mechanisms at the family level that lead to longevity of business activity and ultimately to value creation across generations, the concept of transgenerational entrepreneurship has been introduced. Prior research has identified succession (i.e., the transfer of ownership and management) and firms’ innovative of crucial importance in ensuring family firms’ long-term survival and value creation. With regard to entrepreneurial behaviour in family firms, previous research has argued that family firms often struggle in retaining their entrepreneurial orientation across generations and that family members’ attachment to the business declines over time. In this vein, it is our aim within this research area to investigate the antecedents influencing entrepreneurial behaviour of family firms across generations.

Succession in Family Enterprises

Succession has been termed to be a critical event in a firm’s life cycle as many family firms fail to successfully hand over their business to the next generation. In fact, less than 10 % of all family firms manage to survive beyond the third generation. However, if planned carefully, succession can also serve as an opportunity for firm renewal as it determines the future organizational path for the coming years or even decades. Within research stream, we are interested in understanding better what factors encourage successful family-internal succession and how do elements of distribute justice play in.

The Family as an Entrepreneurial Team

Entrepreneurship research has increasingly shifted from an individualistic view of the entrepreneur to a focus on entrepreneurial teams, thereby emphasizing that the pursuance of entrepreneurial activities involves collective action. Entrepreneurial team members are often connected by strong social ties such as family ties resulting in the fact that the majority of firms around the globe are family enterprises. Research on new venture teams is still fragmented and has largely adopted a static perspective on team composition. In this research project, we investigate how power is allocated among team members, how employees can complement the entrepreneurial team and entrepreneurial team dynamics.


26th June 2020
Two papers of PROF. Dr. Miriam BIrd selected for the Academy of Management (AOM) Best Paper ProceedingS

Two papers “The Influence of Entrepreneurial Teams’ Structural Power Inequality on Firm Performance” and “CEO divorce and Firm Performance – The role of CEOs role family situation” have been selected for the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting. The AOM Annual Meeting is one of the most important and largest annual meetings for management researchers. Of the more than 7,000 paper submissions, only less than 40% are accepted in a peer-review procedure for presentation at the conference, and only about 10% of the accepted papers are nominated for the Best Papers of the conference.

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

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.


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

Scientific Staff

Who we are

Research Interests:

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


Teaching Experience:

Introduction to 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 and Doctoral Candidate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, Technical University of Munich
  • 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


Phone: +49 7131 264 18 861

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



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 and member at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, Technical University of Munich
  • since 04/2019 Doctoral Canditate 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 26418859

Research Interests:

  • Corporate Law
  • Competition Law
  • Contract negotiations


Professional experience:

since 04/2020 Articled clerk at Heilbronn Regional Court, Heilbronn


Academic career and education:

  • since 06/2020 Research Associate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, Technical University of Munich
  • 10/2014 – 01/2020 Law studies, degree: First state examination in law; University of Constance
  • 10/ 2016 – 02/2018 Special studies in the field of competition law, University of Constance (Lake of Constance)

Research Interests:

  • Crisis Management in Family Enterprises
  • Women in Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial Teams



  • 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.


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 and Doctoral Candidate at the Global Center for Family Enterprise, Technical University of Munich
  • 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


Phone: +49 7131 26418863


Dr. Gerald Reger

Lawyer, Certified Specialist in Tax Law
Partner at Noerr LLP


Curriculum Vitae


16th July 2020
Student Assistant Position | Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

The Professorship of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprises (Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird) is looking for a motivated student assistant (30 hours per month) to support research and teaching activities. Please find a detailed job description here.

1st July 2020
Ph.D./Post-doc position | Company Law or Contract Law/Negotiation

The Professorship of Corporate Law (Prof. Jung) is looking for a doctoral student (scientific employee) in the area of company law or contract law/contract negotiation. Please find a detailed job description here.

16th June 2020
Scientific Assistant

We are looking for reinforcement for our team (scientific assistant/wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft). You can find more information here.


  • Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird
  • Phone Phone +49 7131 264 18 855
  • E-Mail
  • Postadresse:

    Bildungscampus 9, 74076 Heilbronn

  • Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jung
  • Phone Phone +49 7131 264 18 859
  • E-Mail
  • Postadresse:

    Bildungscampus 9, 74076 Heilbronn