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.
Publication on business start-ups and self-employment of people from disadvantaged or under-represented groups of entrepreneurship
This research project analyses territorial patterns and performance of SMEs in Europe and investigates factors and driving forces for SME development at regional level.
Thematic paper on the cooperation of Public Employment Services with enterprises.
Recent business cycle report for crafts and trades (year 2017 and 1st quarter 2018)
This accompanying evaluation of the implementation of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-20 in Austria applies a broad evaluation 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.