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.
The temporal administrative burden is 8.4 million working hours per year, the financial burden is € 389 million per year. Administrative costs per employee have risen to € 2,600 per year.
The development of incoming orders has consolidated at a high level. However, expectations for 2020 are still clouded.
The previous Christmas business up to and including the 3rd Advent Saturday is +1.5 % higher than the previous year. In total, Christmas sales of € 1.66 billion (incl. VAT) are expected for 2019.
This analysis shows annual facts and figures on the situation and development in the food industry.
A positive development in cash flows and low interest rates on borrowed capital are bringing about a significant increase in investments in small and medium-sized enterprises.
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.