Prof. Dr. Peter Klein

Professor for Business Administration

Short Profile

Peter Klein has been Professor for Family-owned Businesses at HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration since 2013. After his commercial training at Karstadt AG and his degree in Betriebswirtschaftslehre (business administration) at the University of Münster, Professor Klein commenced his professional career at Robert Bosch GmbH. In 1998 Professor Klein completed his doctorate at the University of Siegen on the topic of the structural change in tourism through new media.

Professor Klein has excellent and extensive management experience from more than 20 years of acting an executive manager and on the boards of companies in different industries, for example at Bertelsmann AG, Lufthansa AG and Systematics AG.

Since 2003, Professor Klein has been a freelance management consultant and managing partner of KLEIN & COMPANY GmbH. In addition, he is involved as a supervisory board member in various family businesses and has been an honorary board member of the Andreas August Friedrich Nissen and Alwine Schulze-Nissen Foundation since 2019. 


  • Family Business
  • General Business Administration
  • Strategic Management und Controlling
  • Operations Management
  • Organisation
  • Human Resources

Research Areas

  • Family Business

Doctoral Students


Monographs and edited books

Klein, Peter. 1998. Strukturwandel im Tourismus - eine betriebswirtschaftliche Analyse unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Einflüsse der neuen Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien. Siegen: Universität.

Journal articles (non-refereed) / newspaper

Klein, Peter. 1992. "Kapazitäts- und ergebnisorientierte Vertriebssteuerung." Thexis Fachbericht für Marketing  (5): .

Book chapters

Prigge, Stefan, and Peter Klein. 2022. "Lessons learned from being NextGen." In Cheltenham und Northampton, ed. by Chang, Jeremy, Luis Díaz-Matajira, Nupur P. Bang, Rodrigo Basco, Andrea Calabrò, Albert E. James, and Georges Samara, 47-54. .

Prigge, Stefan, and Peter Klein. 2021. "Tilling the Soil—And Wait and See How the Next Generation Develops." In Family Entrepreneurship. Insights from Leading Experts on Successful Multi-Generational Entrepreneurial Families, ed. by Allen, Matt R., and William B. Gartner, 85-95. Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-66846-4_7.

Klein, Peter, et. al.. 1997. "Der Content Broker - strategische Positionierung eines Online Shops im Internet." In Marketing-Management mit Multimedia: neue Medien, neue Märkte, neue Chancen, ed. by Fink, D., and C. Warmser, . Wiesbaden.

Klein, Peter. 1993. "Ergebnisorientierte Vertriebssteuerung in der Industrie." In Handbuch Marketing, ed. by Fischer, G, . Landsberg am Lech.

Conference proceedings

Klein, Peter. 1995. "Markterfolg durch Multimedia." Paper presented at the 6. BOW Forum.