The Austrian Institute for SME Research specialises in social and economic research focussing on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Hereby, we offer the following services:

  • Studies and analyses
  • Evaluations
  • Databases

The Austrian Institute for SME Research was founded in 1954 and it is an independent, private, non-profit organisation. It mainly works for governmental organisations and business associations at international, national and regional levels.

We mainly inform decision making processes in the public sector. The main addressees are institutions responsible for economic policy-making and business development, enterprises and their advisors (management and tax consultants, trustees, banks, etc.) as well as universities and other higher education and research institutions. Our research outputs are generally available to the public.

The institute has a team of qualified staff members with many years of experience in applied economic research. A variety of academic backgrounds and research areas within the institute ensure an interdisciplinary approach. Additionally, some staff members have longstanding work experience in the private sector - partly in executive positions. This adds to our practice-orientation and focus on implementation. We put an emphasis on continuous training - in research methods and research management as well as social and personal skills.

The Austrian Institute for SME Research co-operates closely with research institutions from almost every European country and numerous international organisations. It is inter alia network member of the Austrian Cooperative Research (ACR) and of the European Network for Social and Economic Research (ENSR).