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.
Starting from a very high level in the previous year, the growth rates are only modest. Here you can find the current report for the 2nd quarter 2019
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 2018 is currently available.
The study explores the competitiveness of the engineering industries in the EU against its major competitors USA, Japan, South Korea and the BRICs countries.
Analysis by the Austrian Institute for SME Research on the occasion of the International SME Day shows: SMEs are becoming increasingly digital. There is a need to catch up in e-commerce and big data.
Number of retail outlets and sales areas to rise slightly again in 2018
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.