Dr. Barbara Heitger

Partner, Vienna/Austria
"Catch your dreams before they slip away." Jagger/Richards
Current Positions
  • Senior Consultant
  • Founder and Managing Partner of Heitger Consulting "Group of Experts"
  • Group dynamics trainer & academic advisor to the Austrian Society for Group Dynamics and Organizational Consulting (OEGGO)
  • Lecturer for MBA courses and at universities
  • Founding member of the Austrian Coaching Council (ACC)
  • Academic advisor to Carl Auer Publishers
  • Author and speaker (topics: strategy, change, leadership)
Consultant for 25 years for family businesses as well as corporations – main emphases:
  • Corporate development
  • Integrated consulting of strategy work, change and leadership efficiency
  • International leadership development programs
  • Large scale change initiatives / strategy implementations
  • Strengthen management teams
  • Strategic innovation and agile organizations

Languages: German, English

Educational Background
  • Studies: Law, sociology and political science
  • Group dynamics: Austrian Society for Group Dynamics and Organization Consulting (ÖGGO)
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Training over several years with Matthias Varga von Kibéd
  • Training with Fritz Simon, Gunther Schmidt, Robert Fritz (USA) and Peter Fürstenau
Professional Background
  • since 2017: Partner of KPMG Austria and Managing Director of Heitger Consulting ESSENTIAL CHANGE & LEADERSHIP by KPMG
  • 2007: Formation of the consulting company Heitger Consulting GmbH
  • 2002: Founding member of the Austrian Coaching Council (ACC)
  • 2001-2007: Board member of an international non-profit organization
  • 1999-2007: Board of the Neuwaldegg research group
  • 1992-2007: Visiting lecturer at several universities (TU Wien, WU Wien, FH Konstanz, ZWW Augsburg, FH Controlling, University Klagenfurt, MBA Krems)
  • 1990-2007: Managing Partner with the Neuwaldegg Consulting Group
  • 1998: Speaker of the Year (IIR – Institute for International Research)
  • 1996-2002: Editor for "Zeitschrift für Organisationsentwicklung“
  • 1990-1999: Initiation and publisher of the book series “Managerie”
  • 1987-1990: Consulting and Corporate Development, Digital Equipment Corporation
  • 1983-1987: Personnel and Organizational development / Marketing, Girocredit Bank
  • 1979-1983: Department of European Law (Academy of Sciences) and introductory seminars at Austrian universities
Research and Publications
  • 2015: Unternehmensentwicklung – Wissen, Wege, Werkzeuge für morgen; Schäffer-Pöschel (with Annika Serfass) 
  • 2014: 2.edition; Harte Schnitte – Neues Wachstum. Wandel in volatilen Zeiten. Die Macht der Zahlen und die Logik der Gefühle im Change Management; mi-Wirtschaftsbuchverlag (with Alexander Doujak) 
  • 2013: Next Level Enterprise – Trends der Unternehmensentwicklung; Heitger Consulting Group of Experts; Goldegg Verlag; eBook (Kindle Edition) 
  • 2013: 2.edition; Managing Cuts and New Growth. An innovative approach to change management; Goldegg Verlag (with Alexander Doujak)
  • 2009: Managing Cuts and New Growth. An innovative approach to change management; Goldegg Verlag (with Alexander Doujak)
  • 2006: Wertschöfpung im Unternehmen; Gabler (with Frank Boos)
  • 2005: Veränderung – systemisch; Klett Cotta (with Frank Boos)
  • 2002: Harte Schnitte – neues Wachstum; Ueberreuter (with Alexander Doujak)
  • 1992-1999: Managerie – Jahrbuch für systemisches Denken und Handeln im Management; Carl Auer Verlag (with Peter Gester and Christof Schmitz)
  • 1994: Organisation als Erfolgsfaktor; Service-Fachverlag Vienna (with Frank Boos)
  • 1994: Agil macht stabil – Die Zukunft der internen Dienstleister; Gabler (with Christof Schmitz and Betty Zucker)
As well as numerous articles and publications on strategy development, resilience, consulting, general management, internal service providers, knowledge management, advancement training, leadership development and trends on the subject of leadership, human resources, post-merger integration, executive coaching, change, change management and management development.


Katharina Heuer
Chairwoman of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung e. V.
"We value her profound knowledge in the fields of leadership development plus management education and her creative input on our program's design."
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Mag. Mrics Daniel Riedl
Chairman of the Executive Board, BUWOG AG
"The Executive Board could depend on her conception for the events and felt comfortable in making a “leap of faith” in her abilities to make it all happen. I had never seen anything like it before!" [ more ]

Mag. Helmut Bernkopf
Bank Austria Management Board, Corporate & Investment Banking
"Ms. Heitger kept her moderation fully and firmly focused on the objectives, yet she still allowed off-topic discussions, with a certain amount of humor thrown in. Because of this, our strategy meeting was able to proceed in an extremely effective and efficient manner." [ more ]

Dr. phil. Simone Inversini
Wülser Inversini Organizational Consulting, co-owner and board member at the OE-Forum, Switzerland
"The highlight of the conference! The presentation by Dr. Barbara Heitger at the annual meeting of the OE-Forum Switzerland ..." [ more ]