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 August 2021, the proportion of retail establishments with an improvement in business activity in the last 3 months exceeds those with a deterioration by 24 percentage points.
99.6 % of all enterprises are SMEs. They employ more than 2 million people. Further current SME data can be found here.
The aim of the ACR project ClayToStay is to make clay usable for widespread use in the construction sector. To this end, a testing network is being established to enable the utilization of local clay directly at the construction site.
The study analyzes different types of technology transfer in manufacturing and manufacturing-related SMEs, where they are positioned in corresponding value networks and what role they play in them.
How can Austria and Europe as a whole position itself in the global AI race through the trustworthy use of artificial intelligence? This is one of the exciting sub-questions of a new project of KMU Forschung Austria for Austria Wirtschafsservice GmbH
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.