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 Austrian Institute for SME Research was represented at the 21st annual conference of DeGEval - Evaluation Society (Gesellschaft für Evaluation e.V.) on the topic "Impact Orientation and Evaluation" in Dresden in mid-September in the form of moderations and presentations.
The Austrian Institute for SME Research has been supporting the "Houskapreis" for years through its representation on the jury.
Researching SMEs now again have the opportunity to apply for the award in the category "R&D in SMEs".
Currently 85,500 balance sheets as well as 31,000 income statements are available for industry benchmarks in the balance sheet database of the Austrian Institute for SME Research.
The situation at the labour market for specific groups becomes more problematic. One of the political solutions is early intervention.
Evaluation of the implementation of the Action Plan on Public Procurement Promoting Innovation in Austria and development of recommendations for improvement.
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.