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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Businesses and entrepreneurship are a core area of the Institute’s national and European research activities. We study different forms of businesses (e.g. one-person businesses, hybrid entrepreneurs, older entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurship, multi-entrepreneurs, etc.) as well as their different life cycles, business models and innovation activities. The innovation activities of companies are an essential factor for a successful entrepreneurship. The Austrian Institute for SME Research regularly conducts analyses of innovation processes in companies as well as of the research, technology and innovation policy framework conditions and their effects on the development of companies and innovations in Austria and Europe. The connections between technology and innovation on the one hand and entrepreneurship (e.g. new business models) on the other are also analysed.

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Selected Projects

Ein-Personen-Unternehmen (EPU) in Österreich 2018/19 (One-Person-Enterprises (OPE) in Austria 2018/19)

The study analyses the importance and development of one-person-enterprises in Austria. Central indicators, trends and developments are also considered over time. The study, on behalf of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, is based on a comprehensive primary survey of one-person companies in Austria as well as literature and secondary data analyses.

On behalf of:

Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

Completed:

2019/05

Contact

Eva Heckl

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SMEs in Focus 2021 (KMU im Fokus 2021)

The report "SMEs in Focus" uses current data and facts to show the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises for the Austrian economy. A focus chapter is dedicated to the effects of the shortage of skilled labour on SMEs. Furthermore, the report offers an overview of recent SME support measures, which are oriented towards the three pillars of the new SME strategy of the European Commission. The report will be submitted by the BMDW to the National Council.

On behalf of:

Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

Completed:

2022/03

Contact

Karin Bachinger

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Österreichischer Forschungs- und Technologiebericht 2019 – 2022 (Austrian Research and Technology Report 2019 – 2022)

The Austrian Institute for SME Research writes, in a consortium with five further partners, the yearly report of the Federal Government to the Parliament (National Council) under Section 8(2) of the Research Organisation Act, on the state and progress of federally subsidised research, technology and innovation in Austria. The report covers development trends and priority topics for the Austrian innovation system, and reflects on them in an international context. The report is written on a yearly basis until 2022.

On behalf of:

Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs
Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Expected Completion:

2022

Contact

Peter Kaufmann

Publications

Study on Statistical data on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe and on the creation of an e-platform

The project consisted of two studies, conducted together with the cooperation partner Panteia B.V. The aims of this study were to collect and analyse the most recent comparable statistical data on women entrepreneurs in Europe (37 countries) in order to quantitatively capture female entrepreneuership. Furthermore, the study explores the feasibility and possible design, input and set-up of a European-wide e-platform for women entrepreneurs. It incorporates findings of a women entrepreneurs survey as well as interviews with stakeholders.

On behalf of:

European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry

Completed:

2014/11

Contact

Eva Heckl

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Ihre Ansprechpersonen

Eva Heckl

Senior Researcher
e.heckl@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 5059761-36

Karin Bachinger

Senior Researcher
k.bachinger@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 505 97 61-57

Harald Wieser

Senior Researcher
h.wieser@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 5059761 - 27

Peter Kaufmann

Deputy Director
p.kaufmann@kmuforschung.ac.at
+43 1 5059761-31
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Interdisciplinarity in applied research

This study looks at the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in applied research. The research network Austrian Cooperative Research (ACR) is used as a case example for investigating aspects such as the forms and patterns, the purposes, the benefits, and the challenges and success factors of cooperation across different research disciplines.

Completed
2022/08
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Potentials of trustworthy AI in Austria

The trustworthy use of artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to change the economy in key future industries for the benefit of society and to positively influence the positioning of Austria and Europe in international competition.

Completed
2022/08
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SMEs in Focus 2021 (KMU im Fokus 2021)

The report "SMEs in Focus" uses current data and facts to show the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises for the Austrian economy.

Completed
2022/03
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ClimCoopSuccess: Climate Action in Social and Solidarity Economies

This project explores whether and under what conditions the implementation of democratic principles in companies can contribute to climate action.

Expected Completion
2023/05
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LEADERSHIP4SMEs: Leveraging Intellectual Properties for Start-up and SME Hypergrowth

LEADERSHIP4SMEs is an initiative aiming to support disruptive SMEs and start-ups to reinforce and leverage their IPR as an accelerator of growth on the EU single Market and beyond.

Completed
2022/08
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PRO_Service: innovations for product-service systems in the manufacturing sector

Industrial manufacturing processes are still linked with high energy and material demands. Although rental and service models for production facilities have been discussed for many years as promising solutions, such alternatives to the acquisition of facilities have not yet been able to establish themselves on a widespread basis.

Expected Completion
2022/09
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Entrepreneurship Ecosystems for a Circular Economy

Based on experiences from Vienna’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the project “CircularHub” developed a policy guide on how to design support services for founders so that the companies of the future can operate in a circular and thus resource-saving way.

Completed
2022/02
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Company transfers and successions in Austria (Unternehmensübergaben und –nachfolgen in Österreich)

As in 2008 and 2014, the study comprehensively analyses the Austrian succession situation and estimates the transfer potential in the coming years. One focus of the study is on the concrete design of the transfer process as well as on the topics of innovation and digitalisation in the course of business transfers.

Completed
2021/12
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The Missing Entrepreneurs 2021 – Policies for inclusive entrepreneurship and self-employment

The biennial report “The Missing Entrepreneurs” examines policies and programmes in the field of inclusive entrepreneurship (entrepreneurship of youth, women, seniors, unemployed, migrants and people with disabilities) in Europe.

Completed
2021/11
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Training in Enterprises

The OECD research project analyses the types, methods, reasons/purposes/motivation, participants, decision and planning processes, benefits/effects as well as barriers in terms of training in enterprises.

Completed
2021/10
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One-Person-Enterprises in Austria 2021/2022

Since 2007, KMU Forschung Austria has regularly analysed the situation and development of One-Person-Enterprises in Austria. In addition to updating relevant key figures, the study also deals with hybrid One-Person-Enterrises (simultaneous self-employment and employment).

Expected Completion
2022/08
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iWaterCheck – Method for the identification of water-related optimization measures in SMEs as a basis for standardized water audits

While the importance of sustainable water strategies is increasing in the industry, domestic SMEs mostly lack the necessary resources and know-how to increase their water efficiency. In cooperation with KMU Forschung Austria and V-Research, AEE-Intec addresses this problem within the ACR project iWaterCheck by developing a simple and efficient audit method that enables SMEs to reduce their water consumption.

Expected Completion
2023/07
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Expanding the use of clay in the construction sector by establishing a testing network

Manufacturing processes and transport of building materials are energy-intensive and cause high CO2 emissions. In addition, many building materials pose a health and disposal problem due to their content of disruptive and harmful substances.

Expected Completion
2023/05
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Mechanisms and formats of knowledge and technology transfer in SMEs with a focus on digitalisation

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. This was examined not only on the basis of academic literature, but also using secondary statistics from various sources as well as case studies.

Completed
2021/04
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Österreichischer Forschungs- und Technologiebericht 2019 – 2022 (Austrian Research and Technology Report 2019 – 2022)

The Austrian Research and Technology Reports describes the state and progress of federally subsidised research, technology and innovation in Austria.

Expected Completion
2022
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9th Report on Austrian Creative Industries with a Focus on “Digital Transformation 2030

The creative industries were affected to varying degrees by the lockdowns. Despite the Corona pandemic, it can be seen that creatives are important drivers of digital transformation.

Completed
2021/07
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Artificial intelligence in domestic companies

As part of its Future of Work initiative, the OECD is conducting case studies in several countries to gain a better understanding of the extent to which AI-based technologies influence work organisation in companies.

Completed
2022/03
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RTI strategy for the Austrian aviation Sector 2040+ (FTI-Strategie für Luftfahrt 2040+)

Within the framework of the project, the RTI Strategy for the Austrian Aviation Sector will be updated against the background of changed framework conditions and the newly developed Austrian RTI Strategy will be incorporated.

Expected Completion
2022/09
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Practice lab impact assessment in the R&D programme Mobility of the Future

The climate neutrality of the mobility system is more urgent than ever. Therefore, it is also necessary to use suitable monitoring to show the progress of research projects up to their implementation in social practice and thus also to identify supporting and hindering influencing factors.

Expected Completion
2023/12
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Analysis of the foreign activities of management consultants (Analyse der Auslandstätigkeit von Unternehmensberaterinnen und Unternehmensberatern)

The aim of the project is to ascertain the status quo of foreign activities, the main determining factors and opportunities, as well as the requirements of Austrian management consultants.

Completed
2021/06
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Study on the effectiveness of public innovation support for SMEs in Europe

The overall objective of this study was to gather evidence on the effectiveness of public support for innovation in Europe. A key finding of the study is that SMEs in the EU continue to face barriers to innovation.

Completed
03/2021
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KMU im Fokus (SMEs in Focus 2020)

The report "SMEs in Focus" uses current data and facts to highlight the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises for the Austrian economy. A focus chapter is devoted to the effects of the Corona-related crisis on SMEs.

Completed
2021/01
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BELONGevity: Innovations for a socially inclusive and sustainable circular economy

This study shows what companies and other organisations in the Circular Economy need to consider to make their offers attractive to all social groups.

Completed
2021/12
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Innovation und Digitalisierung für die Zukunftsfähigkeit von KMU (Innovation and digitization for the sustainability of SMEs)

The present study provides an overview of the innovation performance and innovation behaviour of SMEs as well as of the conditions and barriers to innovation in these enterprises.

Completed
2020/11
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Efficient Implementation of Innovation in SMEs

By analysing how to support the efficient implementation of digital innovation in SMEs, the project aims at the development of a suitable set of methods.

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Family Business in Austria 2019 (Familienunternehmen in Österreich 2019)

For the fourth time already, this study analyses the economic significance of family businesses in Austria and their characteristics.

Completed
2020/04
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Report on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (KMU im Fokus 2019)

This report on small and medium sized enterprises provides recent facts and figures on SMEs, most important industries as well as a thematic focus on family businesses.

Completed
2019/12
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Inclusive Entrepreneurship 2019

Inclusive entrepreneurship policies aim to offer all people an equal opportunity to create a sustainable business, regardless of their background, age or gender. The report examines strategies and measures of different countries in the field of inclusive entrepreneurship. The Austrian Institute for SME Research prepared the Country Report Austria.

Completed
2019/12
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Ein-Personen-Unternehmen (EPU) in Österreich 2018/19 (One-Person-Enterprises (OPE) in Austria 2018/19)

The study analyses the importance and development of one-person-enterprises in Austria.

Completed
2019/05
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Evaluation und Wirkungsanalyse CTI-Entrepreneurship (Impact monitoring and evaluation of the CTI Entrepreneurship Programme)

Assessment of the conception, implementation and short- to medium-term effects of the CTI Entrepreneurship Programme.

Completed
2019/05
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KMU 4.0 (SME 4.0)

The aim of the project is to develop an informed knowledge basis with regard to digitisation for all ACR member institutes.

Completed
2020/03
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Zahlen, Daten, Fakten (AI – Facts and Figures)

Collection of figures, data and facts on artificial intelligence in Austria as a basis for decisions on the further development of the corresponding FTI programme portfolio.

Completed
2019/05
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Wissenschaftliche Begleitung des Projekts: „Multifunktionale Nutzung thermisch aktivierter Bestandsfassaden“ (Accompanying research of the project “Multifunctional use of thermally activated existing facades”)

Accompanying research of a technical research project, which shows the economic and technical potential of the external component activation for the renovation of existing buildings.

Completed
2020
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Born Globals and their Value Chains

The study deals with company start-ups or young companies that pursue a business model geared to the international market right from the start.

Completed
2018/12
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Wettbewerbsfähigkeit österreichischer Unternehmen, insbesondere KMU (Competitiveness of Austrian Enterprises)

The study analyses, if the current framework conditions in Austria promote or hinder competitiveness of Austrian enterprises - especially SMEs.

Completed
2018/12
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Austrian Entrepreneurial Index – Retail trade 2017

The Austrian Entrepreneurial Index (AEI) combines different aspects of self-employment and measures the satisfaction of entrepreneurs.

Completed
2018/02
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Unternehmerinnen in Österreich 2017 (Women Entrepreneurs in Austria 2017)

This study offers a comprehensive analysis of entrepreneurship of women in Austria.

Completed
2018/01
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Familienunternehmen in Österreich 2017 (Family Businesses in Austria 2017)

Family businesses are very important for the Austrian economy.

Completed
2017/12
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Rahmenbedingungen und Hemmnisse für innovative Unternehmensgründungen in Österreich (Inhibiting framework conditions for founding innovative companies in Austria)

This study analyses existing barriers for young, innovative companies in Austria and develops recommendations for conducive framework conditions for founders.

Completed
2017/12
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Promotion and financing Conditions for fast-growing and research-intensive companies in Austria

The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between R&D activities, company growth and investment dynamics in the context of a quantitative analysis.

Completed
2017/03
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Mittelstandsbericht 2016 (Report on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises)

This report on small and medium sized enterprises is presented to the Austrian Parliament every second year.

Completed
2016/11
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Start-up Report Österreich (Start-up Report Austria)

The Austrian Institute for SME Research carried out a study to formulate a definition of start-up enterprises and to make a first estimation of the number of start-ups in Austria.

Completed
2016/10
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Study on Statistical data on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe and on the creation of an e-platform

The aims of this study were to collect and analyse the most recent comparable statistical data on women entrepreneurs in Europe in order to quantitatively capture female entrepreneuership.

Completed
2014/11
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