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 a new HORIZON2020 project, the Austrian Institute for SME Research, together with seven international project partners, is investigating how SMEs and start-ups can reinforce and leverage their IPR as an accelerator of growth.
The annual publication provides comprehensive Information, facts and figures on the Austrian retail sector. The main topic this year is "The retail sector under the influence of Covid-19". The publication is only available in German
Although the sentiment barometer rose in the 3rd quarter of 2020, it is still negative. One third of the companies still expect declines also for the 4th quarter 2020. The only positive news: The number of employees will be largely maintained.
Currently 86,850 balance sheets as well as 31,600 income statements are available for industry benchmarks in the balance sheet database of the Austrian Institute for SME Research.
Against the background of the corona crisis, online shopping and smartphone shopping continue to develop dynamically Voice shopping via voice assistants such as Alexa remains a niche market for the time being.
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.