Prof. Dr. Birgit Felden

Department of Business and Economics
Professor for SMEs and company succession
Specialist area: Business Management

T: +49 (0)30 30877-1192
E: bfelden(at)

Visitor's address
Schöneberg Campus
Building B
Room 506
Badensche Straße 50-51
10825 Berlin

Postal address
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
Schöneberg Campus
Badensche Straße 52
10825 Berlin


Academic and Professional Career

  • Studied Business Management and Law at the University of Cologne (Diploma in Business Management)
  • Studied at the ESADE in Barcelona, Spain (Master of International Management)
  • Obtained doctorate (Dr. jur.) at the Law Faculty of the University of Bonn
  • Since 1995: Founder/member and director of TMS Unternehmensberatung AG (a corporate consultancy company)

Key Aspects of practise

  • Business management consultancy for SMEs concerning company succession, dealing with growth and crisis phases, and financing negotiations
  • Strategic concepts, expert reports, lectures and media development for banks, associations and ministries

International contacts (e. g.)

  • Expert for the European Commission on topic of company succession (conferences in Lille in 1997 and Vienna in 2002)
  • Various ministries (e.g. in North-Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Brandenburg and Federal Ministry for Economics)
  • Various chambers of commerce (e.g. full member of the Chamber of Commerce, Cologne)
  • Various banks (e.g. KfW, private banks, municipal banks and their associations)
  • Member of the SME committee of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Since 2003: Chair of the SME Network of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cologne
  • Member of supervisory board in SMEs


  • Young Manager of the Year / National Prize Winner of the World Young Business Achiever Award (1996)
  • Management consultant CMU/BDU in accordance with the examination criteria of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI)
  • Enterprise ambassador for the city of Cologne

Expert for

  • Family businesses
  • SMEs
  • Company succession
  • Sale of businesses
  • Valuation of businesses

Key Aspects in Teaching

  • Management of SMEs
  • Company formation and succession
  • Financing and investment
  • Accounting
  • Business law

Research Projects and Fields

  • “Maintaining jobs by means of employee participation in equity of struggling enterprises (in North-Rhine-Westphalia) that are able to be salvaged”: study for the project office “Employee equity participation” at the Bank of North-Rhine-Westphalia
  • “Offers of consultation and qualifications made by chambers of commerce for the purpose of promoting the entrepreneurial activities of women”: study for the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
  • “Tools for securing company succession in North-Rhine-Westphalia, particularly by means of company succession platforms”: study for the North-Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Economics, SMEs, Technology and Transport within the framework of “GO”, North-Rhine-Westphalia’s business start-up offensive

Selected, current Publications

  • „Unternehmensnachfolge“, Oldenbourg Verlag (2008)
  • „RatingCheck: Markt-Management-Produkt-Wertschöpfung“ Deutscher Sparkassenverlag (2006)
  • „Mitarbeiterführung in Familienunternehmen – Zwischen Patriarchat und Mitarbeiterbeteiligung“ in: Christian Böllhoff / Wolfgang Krüger (Hrsg.): Dynamische Balance – Erfolgstreiber mittelständischer Familienunternehmen, Schäffer Poeschel Verlag (2006)
  • „Unternehmensverkauf – Marketing in eigener Sache“ in: Krüger / Klippstein / Merk / Wittberg (Hrsg.): Praxishandbuch des Mittelstands, Gabler Verlag (2006)
  • „Geregelte Nachfolge im Ratingprozess – eine Standortbestimmung aus der Beratungspraxis“ in: Achleitner / Everling / Klemm (Hrsg.): Nachfolgerating, Gabler Verlag (2006)
  • „Strategien für Nachfolger“ in von Windau u.a. (Hrsg.): Handbuch der Unternehmensberatung, Erich Schmidt Verlag (2005)
  • „Unternehmensbewertung und -finanzierung im Rahmen einer Übernahme: Ein Praxisfall“ in: Heike Brost / Martin Faust (Hrsg.): Unternehmensnachfolge im Mittelstand, Bankakademie Verlag GmbH, (2005)
  • „Mittelstandsinitiativen“ in: Bernhard Keller / Stephan Duttenhöfer (Hrsg.): Handbuch Vertriebsmanagement Finanzdienstleistungen, Fritz Knapp Verlag (2004)
  • „Geschäftserfolg durch Controlling“ Deutscher Sparkassenverlag (2004)
  • Beurteilung einer Existenzgründung durch Übernahme, in: Schönfeldt & Partner Verlags GmbH (Hrsg.): „Generation G – Die neuen Chefs im Westen“ (2003)

Selected dissertation topics