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.
Study analyses for the first time balance sheet data for the catering and food industry - a sector that is increasingly gaining weight in the value chain.
Price increases for raw materials as well as materials and energy, supply chain problems, but also the shortage of skilled workers and apprentices are causing subdued expectations and planning uncertainty among trade and craft businesses.
The funding program "EXIST - Start-ups from Science" aims to increase the number and success of technology-oriented and knowledge-based start-ups and to improve the start-up climate at German universities and non-university research institutions.
Germany introduced a tax-based research funding scheme in 2020. Together with WIFO and the Ifo Institute in Munich, an accompanying as well as ex-post evaluation is being implemented on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin.
The development of the institutional strategy "Space Policy Switzerland 2008" is being evaluated. To this end, the appropriateness and effectiveness of selected guidelines will be assessed and the complex landscape of actors and the start-up ecosystem will be analysed.
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.