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.
Incoming sales in crafts and trade fell by 8.5% in the first quarter of 2020. The assessment of the business situation in the 2nd quarter 2020 shows that on balance, companies with a poor business performance outweigh the others by -31% points.
One focus of the report is devoted to the topic of artificial intelligence (AI). It also provides insights into the evaluation culture in Austria and an overview of evaluations of RTI programmes and research institutes.
Nearly all sectors of the retail industry suffered a massive drop in sales in March and April 2020. In May, the first positive tendencies can be seen in some sectors, while others are still confronted with significantly declining sales.
The Austrian Institute for SME Research regularly monitors the impact of projects funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). The report on impact monitoring 2019 is currently available.
In the period from March to May 2020, the trade and crafts sector recorded a sharp drop in turnover (March: -21%, April: -31%, May: -17%). Particularly affected were health/wellness and creative/design.
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.