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Dossier Impact of the Ukraine war

The longer the war in Ukraine goes on and the more the sanctions are extended, the more this affects the Mittelstand businesses. The IfM Bonn publishes information on the effects on the Mittelstand within this dossier at irregular intervals.


IfM Bonn News

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Questions and answers about business succession

The IfM researchers estimate that by 2026, around 38,000 companies will be up for transfer each year because their owners are retiring from management due to age, illness or death.


Focus on the popularity of the Mittelstand

How do narratives affect the popularity of the Mittelstand? Prof Dr Friederike Welter (IfM Bonn/University of Siegen) answered this question in mid-June at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne.


IfM Standpoint

Mittelstand policy in a social-ecological market economy

03.05.2022 The Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, supply chain problems, climate change, digitalisation are all currently causing increased uncertainty in Mittelstand companies.

In the short term, Mittelstand policy can cushion risks to the existence of Mittelstand companies or individual subgroups with the help of a sectoral, individual company, or size-related measures.


Figure of the months

The proportion of SMEs with online sales of at least one per cent of total turnover is

19 %.


Policy Brief "Entrepreneurship in Focus"

Dependent self-employment in multi-level marketing

In 2020, the number of solo self-employed members in multi-level marketing (MLM) in Germany continued to rise. The policy brief shows both the importance of this economic sector and the dangers for the solo self-employed.


Cooperation with University of Siegen

Zukunftspanel Mittelstand

NUI region ranking

Offensive Mittelstand

Data of the IfM Bonn

Contract research