Prof. Dr. Marc-Michael H. Bergfeld


Prof. Dr. Marc-Michael Bergfeld is Professor for Family Businesses at MBS. He studied business administration in Ingolstadt, Washington D.C. and Buenos Aires and global strategy and innovation (PhD) at the University of Manchester, U.K. and Tsinghua University, Beijing, before receiving executive education in venture capital and private equity at Harvard Business School.

He heads the research, education and advisory boutique Courage Partners Group. Courage educates and advises leading Business Families globally, in particular in Emerging Markets, to protect and progress their families and enterprises, and supports them in defining and implementing strategies that shape legacies beyond one lifetime.

Professor Bergfeld also founded the Courage Center of Global Family Business as a dedicated think-tank and research center, assuring that Next Generation Family Business leaders can access cutting-edge research on Global Family Business & Wealth.

Professor Bergfeld is a regular moderator, facilitator and speaker at Family Business and Wealth conferences and seminars globally, as well as host of exclusive Family Business gatherings. His achievements include receiving a Best Poster Award at the Family Enterprise Research Conference for his work on Innovation in Family Businesses, being the Speaker of the Young Global Leaders of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, and a Rotary Scholar. He worked for a large German family-controlled security technology conglomerate, founded in 1852, prior to joining MBS, and was Senior Advisor in the CTO Office and New Business Division. He is a Board Member in various family-controlled businesses.

At MBS: Professor for Family Businesses

Courses: Master International Business, Bachelor International Business

Focus: Global Family Business & Wealth, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Strategy


Bergfeld, M.-M., Müller C.G., Botero, I.C., Cruz, A.D., Subramanian, R. (2018): Family Firms in Latin America. Routledge; 1. Auflage (28. August 2018).

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2014): Reference for the International Partnership and Mobility Scheme of the British Academy.

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2014): Book Review “The Strategic Development of Multinationals: Subsidiaries and Innovation” für R & D Management Journal.

Bergfeld, M.-M.: Reviewer für R & D Management Journal.

Bergfeld, M.-M.: Reviewer für Technology Analysis & Strategic Management.

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2009): Global Innovation Leadership: The Strategic Development of Worldwide Innovation Competence. BoD – Books on Demand; 2. Auflage (20. März 2009).



Bergfeld, M.-M. (2011): Gesellschafterkompetenz: Die Verantwortung der Eigentümer von Familienunternehmen (EQUA-Schriftenreihe), Unternehmer Medien GmbH; 1., Auflage (19. Juli 2011).

Bergfeld, M.-M. / Spitz, S. (2011): Privacy and identity management on Mobile Devices: Emerging Technologies and Future Directions for Innovation. In: Camenisch, J. / Fischer-Huebner, C. / Rannenberg, K. (2011, Eds.), Springer.

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2011): Dynamic Dynasties: How Germany’s high performance family firms pursue pan-generational entrepreneurship along technology lifecycles. In: Wacker, U. (2011, Ed.).



Iliev, P. / Ritz, J. / Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): Internationalization of Family Firms: The Case of Bulgaria. Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) 2018, Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Bergfeld, A. F. / Ritz, J. / Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): Legacy, Identity, and Entrepreneurial Spirit: Insights from the Legacy Roundtable. Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC) 2018, Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): Cómo crear un legado fuerte y duradero [How to create a strong and lasting legacy]. 4ta Cumbre Internacional de Empresas Familiares en Ecuador [4th International Family Business Summit in Ecuador], Quito (June 5, 2018) / Guayaquil (June 7, 2018), Ecuador.

Bergfeld, M.-M. / Bannys, F. / Bergfeld, A. F. (2017): Resilient Family Business Systems: Achieving Longevity by Aligning Portfolio Strategies with Family Capabilities. Symposium on Longevity and Resilience at the Interface of Family, Business and Environment. 77th Annual Meeting at the Academy of Management, Atlanta, USA, August 8, 2017.

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2017): Family Venturing: Emprendimiento Familiar 2.0 [Family Venturing: Family Venture 2.0]. 3ra Cumbre International de Empresas Familiares: Emprendemiento familiar – el secreto del exito a largo plazo para familias empresarias [3rd International Family Business Summit: Family Entrepreneurship – The Secret of Long-Term Success for Family Enterprises], Quito/Guayaquil, Ecuador, May 9 – 11, 2017.

Ritz, J. / Bergfeld, M.-M. (2015): An exploratory approach to the internationalization of German Family Firms to Latin America: Current Situation and Future Opportunities. AIB-LAT Conference 2015, Santiago de Chile, January 22 – 24, 2015.

Bergfeld, M.-M. / Malik, K. (2014): A conceptual framework for intra-company technology transfer: Cases of leveraging production process innovations across MNEs. Manuscript submitted for publication in TECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS & STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT.

Bergfeld M.-M. / Ritz J. (2013): Internationalization of German Family Firms to Latin America: Current Situation and Future Opportunities. Family Enterprise Research Conference 2013, Viña del Mar, Chile.

Bergfeld M.-M. (2013): El CEO de una empresa familiar. Revista Ekos – June 2013, Quito, Ecuador.

Ritz J. / Bergfeld M.-M. (2013): Profesionalizar la empresa – Lecciones de las dinastías europeas. Revista Ökonomía tercera edición 2013, Quito, Ecuador.

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2012): Expert contribution for: May, Gerhard: "Ich sorge dafür, dass Firmen wachsen können." In: Private Wealth, April 2012, pp. 16 – 24.

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2011): Dynamic Dynasties: How Germany’s high-performance family firms cultivate pan-generational entrepreneurship and innovation. In: Spring News, Singapore, December 2011, pp. 18 – 19.

Bergfeld, M.-M. / Weber, F.-M. (2011): Dynasties of innovation: highly performing German family firms and the owners' role for innovation. In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 15, 1, pp. 80 – 94.

Bergfeld, M.-M. / Döpfer, B. C. / Martínez Cañas (2011): Connected Dynasties: Social capital of Germany’s high performance family firms and its role for continued pan-generational entrepreneurship. G-Forum Zürich 2011.

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2010): How to build an advisory and venture incubation company. A report from experience. startin'up: Gründertag der KU Eichstätt – Ingolstadt. For Prof. Dr. Pechlaner, Zentrum für Entrepreneurship, Katholische Universität Eichstätt.



Bergfeld, M.-M. / Malik, K. (2010): A conceptual framework for intra-company technology transfers: Cases of leveraging production process innovations across MNCs.

All contributions from Prof. Dr. Marc-Michael H. Bergfeld at MBS Business Blog

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2020): Courage News: Professor Bergfeld’s Study on Digital Competence in Boards Gets Featured by Family Capital. Munich Business School, 11-10-2020, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2020/courage-news-professor-bergfelds-study-on-digital-competence-in-boards-featured-by-family-capital/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2020): Courage News: MBS Professor Bergfeld voted “Top 100 Influencer” in Family Business. Munich Business School, 08-25-2020, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2020/courage-news-mbs-professor-bergfeld-voted-top-100-influencer-in-family-business/

Bergfeld, M.-M., Bergfeld, A.-F., Ritz, J. (2020): Courage News: Outlook and Guiding Questions for Recovery of Family Businesses published. Munich Business School, 06-18-2020, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2020/outlook-and-guiding-questions-for-recovery-of-family-businesses/

Bergfeld, M.-M., Obermaier, V., F., Ritz, J. (2020): Courage News: Supporting More Than 1000 Family Business Owners and Foundations Across Latin America in COVID-19 Times. Munich Business School, 04-30-2020, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2020/courage-center-supports-family-businesses-in-latin-america/

Bergfeld, M.-M., Bergfeld, A.-F., Ritz, J. (2020): Courage Contribution: Publishing a COVID-19 Guideline and Checklist for Family Businesses. Munich Business School, 04-14-2020, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2020/covid-19-guideline-for-family-businesses/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2020): Courage News: Establishing Crisis HelpLine and ExpertLine for Family Businesses. Munich Business School, 04-08-2020, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2020/courage-center-crisis-helpline-and-expertline/

Bergfeld, M.-M., Abinger, M., Suele, F. (2020): Courage Contribution: 9 Steps of Wealth Creation & Management for High-Performance Athletes. Munich Business School, 01-09-2020, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2020/courage-center-insight-9-steps-of-wealth-creation-management-for-high-performance-athletes/

Bergfeld, M.-M., Bohrer, P. (2019): Understanding China’s Silicon Valley: Prof Bergfeld and MBS Alumnus Patrick Bohrer Join an Exclusive Delegation to the Pearl River Delta. Munich Business School, 11-12-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/understanding-chinas-silicon-valley-prof-bergfeld-and-mbs-alumnus-patrick-bohrer-join-an-exclusive-delegation-to-the-pearl-river-delta/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2019): Courage News: Global Week 2019 – Creating a Global Next Generation Leaders Community. Munich Business School, 10-24-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/global-week-2019-creating-a-global-next-generation-leaders-community/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2019): Courage News: MBS Professor Dr. Marc-Michael Bergfeld Teaches “Future-Proofing the Family Business” for over 500 Attendees in Melbourne. Munich Business School, 09-06-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/mbs-professor-dr-marc-michael-bergfeld-teaches-future-proofing-the-family-business-for-over-500-attendees-in-melbourne/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2019): Courage News: MBS Professor Dr. Marc-Michael Bergfeld to Give Family Masterclass and Key Note Interview at Family Business Australia’s Conference. Munich Business School, 08-13-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/mbs-professor-dr-marc-michael-bergfeld-to-give-family-masterclass-and-key-note-interview-at-family-business-australias-conference/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2019): Courage News: Seminars in Long-Term Success for Family Businesses in Ecuador. Munich Business School, 08-09-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/courage-institute-organizes-family-business-events-in-ecuador/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2019): Courage News: MBS Professor Marc-Michael Bergfeld Speaks at UBS Bank’s Wealth Management Headquarters in New York. Munich Business School, 07-24-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/mbs-professor-marc-michael-bergfeld-speaks-at-ubs-banks-wealth-management-headquarters-in-new-york/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2019): Courage News: MBS Brothers Present Munich Business School at Ettal Secondary School. Munich Business School, 07-11-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/mbs-brothers-present-munich-business-school-at-ettal-secondary-school/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2019): Courage Contribution: Legacies & Values – What Do These Words Actually Mean to Business Families, and Why Are They Relevant? Munich Business School, 06-27-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/courage-center-thought-no-1-legacies-values-what-do-these-words-actually-mean-to-business-families-and-why-are-they-relevant/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2019): Courage News: Global Week – an Exclusive Gathering of 80 Next Gen Leaders and World-Class Speakers by Courage & MBS. Munich Business School, 06-06-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/global-week-an-exclusive-gathering-of-80-next-gen-leaders-and-world-class-speakers-by-courage-mbs/

Bergfeld, M.-M., Keil, M., Ritz, J. (2019): Courage Contribution: 6 Key Insights on Success Factors for Family Offices in Emerging Markets. Munich Business School, 05-22-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/6-key-insights-on-success-factors-for-and-from-family-offices-in-emerging-markets/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2019): Courage News: MBS Professor Dr. Bergfeld’s Concepts Influence How Asian Business Families Innovate to Survive the 3rd Generation Curse. Munich Business School, 03-11-2019, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2019/mbs-professor-dr-bergfelds-concepts-influence-how-asian-business-families-innovate-to-survive-the-3rd-generation-curse/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): Courage News: MBS Professor Dr. Marc-Michael Bergfeld and MBS Lecturer Johannes Ritz Published Two Chapters in “Family Firms in Latin America”. Munich Business School, 10-01-2018, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2018/mbs-professor-dr-marc-michael-bergfeld-and-mbs-lecturer-johannes-ritz-published-two-chapters-in-family-firms-in-latin-america/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): Courage News: MBS Professor Dr. Marc-Michael Bergfeld Shares Cutting-Edge Knowledge With Australia’s Family Business Leaders, Munich Business School, 09-25-2018, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2018/bergfeld-australia-family-business/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): Courage News: MBS Professor Dr. Marc-Michael Bergfeld to Give Masterclass at Family Business Australia’s Conference. Munich Business School, 07-25-2018, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2018/bergfeld-masterclass-family-business-australia-conference/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): Courage News: Presenting at the Family Enterprise Research Conference 2018. Munich Business School, 06-14-2018, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2018/ferc-2018/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): Courage News: 4th International Family Business Summit in Ecuador Hosted by MBS Courage Center for Global Family Firms. Munich Business School, 06-13-2018, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2018/4th-international-family-business-summit-ecuador/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): Final Session of “Family Affairs” Alumni Lecture Series Focuses on Growth and Exit. Munich Business School, 05-02-2018, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2018/mbs-family-affairs-pt3/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): “Family Affairs” Alumni Lecture Series Pt. 2 – Leadership & Change Management. Munich Business School, 03-01-2018, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2018/mbs-family-affairs-pt2/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): MBS Hosts “Family Affairs” Alumni Lecture Series. Munich Business School, 01-24-2018, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2018/mbs-family-affairs-2/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2018): Courage Contribution: How Family Businesses and Private Equity Funds Can Be Partners for Growth Instead Opponents or Foe. Munich Business School, 01-23-2018, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2018/partners-for-growth/

Bergfeld, M.-M. / Bergfeld, A. F. / Bannys, F. (2017): Courage Contribution: How Business Families Can Assure Long-Term Performance by Aligning Their Operational Portfolios With Family Capabilities. Munich Business School, 06-27-2017, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2017/family-business-wealth-transfer/

Bergfeld, M.-M. / Schwartz, H. (2017): Courage Contribution: What Japan’s Over 1,000 Year-Old Family Owned Businesses Can Teach Us. Munich Business School, 05-09-2017, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2017/family-business-japan/ 

Bergfeld, M.-M. / Schmidkonz, C. (2013): Courage Contribution: "SU-HA-PA": The New "Succession-Happiness-Paradox" in Business Families. Munich Business School, 12-13-2016, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2016/succession-happiness-paradox-2/

Bergfeld, M.-M. / de Cárdenas López, R. (2016): Courage Contribution: Leading Family Businesses in Complex Times – Ten Lessons From Military Strategies. Munich Business School, 10-05-2016, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2016/10-lessons-for-family-businesses/

Bergfeld, M.-M. / Segler, K. (2015): What Wimbledon and Medium-sized Companies Have in Common: "Past Success is no Guarantee for Future Success!" Munich Business School, 07-10-2015, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2015/what-wimbledon-and-medium-sized-companies-have-in-common-past-success-is-no-guarantee-for-future-success/

Bergfeld, M.-M. (2014): The Family Enterprise "Samwer Brothers": What Traditional Entrepreneurial Families can Learn from Rocket Internet and Zalando. Munich Business School, 10-09-2014, https://www.munich-business-school.de/insights/en/2014/the-family-enterprise-samwer-brothers-what-traditional-entrepreneurial-families-can-learn-from-rocket-internet-and-zalando/

Bergfeld, M.-M. / Ritz, J. (2013): En empresas familiares prima el espíritu emprendedor, El Mercurio, Cuenca, Ecuador, 11-27-2013.