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.
New study shows: around 60% of management consultants generate their turnover abroad. The main export country is Germany.
Current impact monitoring of FFG funding shows that R&D-active companies are relatively optimistic about the future despite the Corona crisis. One third even plan to increase R&D expenditures compared to pre-crisis levels.
The diversity of companies as well as barriers to innovation requires a good combination and interlocking of different support instruments.
The service providers in the information and consulting sector recorded a decline in turnover of 5.4% in 2020. Advertising, among others, was hit disproportionately hard. However, the digitisation of companies accelerated in the crisis year.
In 2020, the trade and craft sector generated sales of €98.2 billion, €7.7 billion less than in 2019. The declines were not as severe in the investment goods-related sectors as in the consumer-related sectors, which were and are massively affected by the lockdowns.
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.