The Austrian Institute for SME Research is an independent non-university research institute in the field of applied economics and social sciences. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a core area of our research activities.
Selected results of the impact monitoring of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG have been published in the journal "Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter".
Updated key figures for the online service tool www.handelsrechner.at are now available for SMEs in the trade sector.
The report covers development trends and priority topics for the Austrian innovation system, and reflects on them in an international context.
The annual publication provides comprehensive Information, facts and figures on the Austrian retail sector. The German publication is now available
The report analyses the suitability of current framework conditions in Austria to promote the competitiveness of Austrian enterprises - especially SMEs - in an increasingly globalised and digitised economy.
Since the foundation of the Austrian Institute for SME Research, studies and analyses have been carried out in several thematic areas, both on national and international level. Many of these research projects focus on the situation and development of SMEs but also consider the differences and specificities of large enterprises.
We study different forms of businesses (e.g. one-person businesses, hybrid entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurship, etc.) as well as their life cycles, business models and innovation activities.
The Austrian Institute for SME Research continuously monitors the economic development for numerous economic sectors and industries and has comprehensive databases at its disposal. In addition, in-depth studies are prepared on specific issues and analyses are offered at the level of sectors, regions and company sizes.
The Austrian Institute for SME Research conducts evaluations and impact analyses of measures, programmes and institutions in various policy areas at international, national and regional level.
SMEs are of central importance for the labour market. They provide the majority of jobs in Austria and Europe. From the companies' point of view, employees are probably the most important factor for competitiveness.