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 the course of the study on one-person enterprises in Austria, the Austrian Institute for SME Research analysed for the first time the phenomenon of "hybrid entrepreneurs" - persons who are simultaneously self-employed and employed.
The report covers development trends and priority topics for the Austrian innovation system, and reflects on them in an international context.
99.6% of all enterprises are SMEs. These 337,800 companies employ almost 2 million people. Further current SME data can be found here.
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A recent study shows the dynamic development and economic relevance of the Viennese night 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.