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Number of Exporting SMEs declined

24.06.2021. The number of exporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has fallen slightly in recent years (2012: 350,000 enterprises, 2019: 340,000 enterprises). The share of exporting SMEs in all SMEs (exporter ratio) decreased as well. Among the set of large companies, in contrast, the…

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IfM Publications
Covid's influence on the propensity to start a business

Has the Covid 19 pandemic influenced the propensity of scientists at universities in Germany to set up new businesses? Did they give up their idea of founding a company as a result – or did they postpone it?

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Participation in external events
Development processes of start-ups

The duration of the founding process from the intention to substantial profits fluctuates strongly depending on the context of the business foundation. Dr. Teita Bijedić discussed the crucial influencing factors at the virtual Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) in the…

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IfM Publications
Development differences in East Germany

What characterises the development of the East German start-up landscape since the end of the GDR? What role do regional conditions play in this?

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Podcasts
How to counteract bureaucratic frustration

Businesses criticise the high density of regulation repeatedly, and they also question the sense of many bureaucratic regulations.

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Guests at the IfM
The potential of crowdworking

Does platform work represent a relevant source of finance for the self-employed? Prof. Dr Hans J. Pongratz (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich) examined this question in his presentation "Platform work as source of income for the self-employed" at the virtual IfM Forum at the beginning of June.

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Reference to surveys
Survey on the "Future of the Construction Industry“

How can the construction industry remain a strong support for the German economy? The Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn and DIW Econ are currently investigating this question in a scientific study commissioned by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial…

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Participation in external events
Mittelstand businesses and Corona

How did Mittelstand enterprises cope with the economic consequences of the Covid 19 crisis? What challenges will they face in the next few months? Hans-Jürgen Wolter presented the results of the IfM Bonn background papers.

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External publications
Permanently fast-growing companies are rare

Literature tends to address the quantity of firm growth and describes determinants fast-growing firms. In their recent study, Dr. Stefan Schneck, Hans-Jürgen Wolter and Prof. Dr. Arndt Werner (University of Siegen) have analysed the growth paths of companies over time.

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News & Updates
Entrepreneurs during Covid 19

Were women-owned businesses in 2020 more affected by the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, compared to men-owned businesses? Dr Rosemarie Kay and Prof. Dr Friederike Welter address this question in their article for Working Paper series of the IfM Bonn.

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