Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird

TUM Campus
Heilbronn

Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird

Since 2020, Miriam Bird holds the professorship for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at the TUM School of Management, TUM Campus Heilbronn. As director, she is also leading the Global Center for Family Enterprise (GCFE). In her research, Miriam Bird focuses on topics such as company succession, innovation and strategy in family firms. In particular, she is interested in understanding better the social context, in which enterprises are embedded in.

 

Curriculum Vitae
Since June 2020Director Global Center for Family Enterprise (GCFE) at TUM School of Management, TUM Campus Heilbronn
Since June 2020Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise at TUM School of Management, TUM Campus Heilbronn
01/2018 – 05/2020Operative Director at the Global Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of St. Gallen
01/2018-01/2020Visiting Scholar at the Center for Family Entrepreneurship and Ownership, Jönköping University
01/2015 – 05/2020Assistant Professor of Management, University of St. Gallen
2010 – 2014PhD studies in Business Administration, Stockholm School of Economics
05/2013Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, University of Alberta
2012 – 2013Visiting Researcher at McGill University and HEC Montréal

Areas of interest

  • Company succession, innovation and strategy in family firms
  • Firm growth
  • Family entrepreneurship
  • Organization and structure of start-ups
  • Economic sociology

Awards

  • Research grant evaluated as excellent research contribution, Swiss National Science Foundation (2019)
  • Academy Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management (2015, 2017, 2020)
  • Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, Family Firm Institute (2015)
  • Carolyn Dexter Award, Academy of Management (2015)
  • Nomination for Best Research Paper, IFERA (2015)
  • Grant for research stay abroad: Excellent Entrepreneurship and Strategy Research, Svartz Foundation (2012)

Team

Research Interests:

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

 

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.

 

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

 

Phone: +49 7131 26418863
Email: sidney.hribersek@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 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:

  • 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 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

 

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

Research Interests:

  • Entrepreneurial Teams
  • Organizational Structure of Family Enterprises

 

Professional experience:

  • 01/2019 – 04/2021 Inhouse Consultant, DB Management Consulting, Frankfurt
  • 01/2018 – 04/2018 Intern, DB Management Consulting, Berlin
  • 11/2016 – 08/2017 Working Student, KfW Development Bank, Frankfurt
  • 06/2016 – 09/2014 Intern, Ebner Stolz Management Consultants, Frankfurt
  • 10/2015 – 03/2016 Intern, DZ Bank, New York City, US
  • 03/2015 – 04/2015 Intern, DZ Bank, Frankfurt
  • 09/2014 – 10/2014 Intern, Ebner Stolz, Stuttgart

 

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
  • 10/2016 – 10/2018 Master of Science in International Economics and Economic Policy, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • 08/2017 – 12/2017 Exchange Studies, Nova School of Business and Economics, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 03/2013 – 03/2014 Student Assistant, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • 10/2012 – 09/2015 Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration, Goethe University Frankfurt


Phone:
+49 7131 264 18 871
Email: behroz.sharifi@tum.de

Teaching

BACHELOR OF MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY

This module introduces students into basic principles of the topic of entrepreneurship from a global and international perspective. Students will be equipped with basic knowledge on:

  • Definitions, regional aspects, and special forms of entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial individuals, including their personality, creativity, idea development, cognition, opportunity recognition, decision making, affect, and moving forward from failure, and
  • Entrepreneurial firms, including their growth strategies, strategic alliances, and resources

MASTER IN MANAGEMENT

The lecture “Entrepreneurship” provides students with knowledge of the theoretical concepts and models of entrepreneurship. Students will acquire in-depth theoretical knowledge on:

  • Definitions, regional aspects, and special forms of entrepreneurship in a complex and uncertain environment
  • Entrepreneurial individuals, including their personality, creativity, idea development, cognition, opportunity recognition, decision making, and affect
  • Entrepreneurial firms, including their growth strategies, strategic alliances, and resources.

Established companies are under unyielding pressure to remain entrepreneurial and discover new ways to grow. But how is it possible to enhance entrepreneurship of established companies in a sustainable way? Corporate entrepreneurship has been argued to be an important concept for firms to remain competitive and a powerful tool for managers, employees and firm advisors. This course addresses challenges of making an established company entrepreneurial – in particular, it will also investigate how family firms can deal with the challenge of remaining entrepreneurial.

This course deals with the management of family firms. Given that the majority of firms around the world are family businesses (ranging between 75-90 %), it is crucial to understand better the particularities of family businesses. Given that the boundaries between the family and the business overlap, certain challenges may arise which make family businesses unique. The objective of this course is to better understand the challenges and opportunities family firms face and how managers, owners, and advisers can best deal with them. By combining various theoretical frameworks with hands-on examples, we will elaborate on how to manage family enterprises successfully.

We offer exciting project studies with companies in the region for master students. Please contact us in case you are interested in doing a project study with us.

Key Publications


Querbach, S., Bird, M., Kraft, P.S. & Kammerlander, N. (2020). When the former CEO stays on board: The role of the predecessor’s board retention for product innovation in family firms. Journal of Product Innovation Management 37(2), 184-207.


Bird, M. & Zellweger, T. (2018). Relational embeddedness and firm growth: Comparing spousal and sibling entrepreneurs. Organization Science 29(2), 264-283.


Bird, M. & Wennberg, K. (2016). Why family matters: The impact of family resources on immigrant entrepreneurs’ exit from entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Venturing 31(6), 687-704.


Kammerlander, N., Dessi, C., Bird, M. & Floris, M. (2015). The impact of shared stories on family firm innovation: A Multicase Study. Family Business Review 28(4), 332-354.


Bird, M. & Wennberg, K. (2014). Regional influences on the prevalence of family versus non-family start-ups. Journal of Business Venturing 29(3), 421-436.


Wiklund, J., Nordqvist, M. & Hellerstedt, K., Bird, M. (2013). Internal versus external ownership transition in family firms: An embeddedness perspective. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 37(6), 1319-1340.


Contact

  • Prof. Dr. Miriam Bird
  • Phone Phone +49 7131 264 18 851
  • E-Mail miriam.bird@tum.de
  • Postadresse:

    Bildungscampus 9, 74076 Heilbronn