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Research Fellows CFB-HSG

In our national and international research activities, we are able to draw on a network of renowned research fellows.

At the moment, it includes the following researchers and practitioners:


Dr. Frank Halter studied at the University of St. Gallen and at HEC Genève, graduating in business administration with a lic.oec. HSG, and then completed his doctorate at the European Business School, graduating with Dr.rer.pol. He is the owner of f-halter gmbh and the initiator of the St.Gallen Succession Model ( He is also involved as a speaker in the field of succession.

His main topics are business succession, complexity and dynamics in family businesses, SME leadership and entrepreneurship, which are further developed in the context of his research, teaching, training and consulting activities. For practitioners, it is worth taking a look at


Mattias Nordqvist is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the CeFEO (Center for Family Entreprise and Ownership), as well as Associate Dean of the Doctoral Studies Program at the Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. There he also received his PhD in 2005.
Mattias Nordqvist regularly publishes in leading journals, such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, and Strategic Organization. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy.
Mattias Nordqvist and Thomas Zellweger focus on transgenerational entrepreneurship in family businesses.

Philipp Sieger is Assistant Professor for Strategic Entrepreneurship (Tenure Track) at the University of Bern (since 2016). Before, he was Assistant Professor for Family Business at the University of St.Gallen, where he has also completed his PhD in 2011 and his habilitation in 2016. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Bergamo in Italy in 2015 and at the Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden in 2013, as well as Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University in the US in 2012. His main research and teaching interests in the context of entrepreneurship and family firms are strategic, corporate, and nascent entrepreneurship, long-term success, as well as succession. His works have been published in leading international journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Family Business Review. Philipp Sieger and the CFB-HSG collaborate mainly in the GUESSS project.


Furthermore, the following people were the CFB-HSG research fellows in the past:

  • Dr. Jörg-Michael Gasda
  • Dr. Roger Meister
  • Dr. Corinne Mühlebach
  • Dr. Ralf Schröder
  • Nora Spiller
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Brauer