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.
In 2020, the trade and craft sector generated sales of €98.2 billion, €7.7 billion less than in 2019. The declines were not as severe in the investment goods-related sectors as in the consumer-related sectors, which were and are massively affected by the lockdowns.
The E-Commerce Study Austria 2021 examines, among other things, the impact of the Corona pandemic on consumers. The development of online and mobile shopping as well as the classic mail order business are examined in more detail.
The structural change in stationary retail shows fewer stores and more concentration. Within the commercial space mix the Clothing retail is losing space, whereas gastronomy becomes more important.
The project is dedicated to an industry representation of the restaurant industry prior to Covid-19. The presentation of the initial situation should make it possible to assess future developments and evaluate measures to improve crisis management.
The accompanying evaluation includes analyses, reflections and ongoing recommendations as a basis for steering and continuous improvement of the programme ("programme learning").
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.