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.
Analysis from the balance sheet database of the Austrian Institute for SME Research show that Austrian SMEs currently have an average equity ratio of 32%. Over time the equity ratio has increased steadily.
The Austrian Institute for SME Research took part the Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs by giving presentations and moderating one of the sessions.
The Austrian Institute for SME Research was part of the consortium (head of: AIT) for the evaluation of the implementation of HORIZON 2020 and ERA in Austria as well as EUREKA, COSME and EEN.
The Austrian Institute for SME Research was represented at the 21st annual conference of DeGEval - Evaluation Society (Gesellschaft für Evaluation e.V.) on the topic "Impact Orientation and Evaluation" in Dresden in mid-September in the form of moderations and presentations.
Currently 85,500 balance sheets as well as 31,000 income statements are available for industry benchmarks in the balance sheet database of the Austrian Institute for SME Research.
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.