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.
ACR's iWaterCheck project is developing a simple and efficient audit method that enables SMEs to reduce their water consumption. The survey of water demand and the identification of optimization potential are central elements of the water audit.
Based on a quantitative survey, the study identifies different types of One-Person-Enterprises, examines hybrid One-Person-Enterprises and analyses their resilience.
The biennial report “The Missing Entrepreneur” examines policies and programmes in the field of inclusive entrepreneurship - entrepreneurship of youth, women, seniors, unemployed, migrants and people with disabilities - in Europe.
The OECD study, conducted in 5 EU countries, provides in-depth insights into the training strategies of European companies through 100 qualitative case studies.
The Industry Monitor provides important indicators and qualitative information on current developments, trends, opportunities and risks for almost 60 sectors on a quarterly basis. All included facts & figures have recently been updated.
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.