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How Mittelstand can emerge strengthened from the crisis

"Even if the acute problems of the Mittelstand currently predominate and an end to the pandemic is not yet in view, Mittelstand policy also keep the post-Corona period in mind. We should rather already be looking for ways to support companies in restarting their long-term business development," said…

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Press release
Different levels of pandemic impact in Mittelstand Enterprises

For more than a year, the Corona pandemic has posed a major challenge to Mittelstand businesses in Germany. However, companies are affected differently by the consequences of the pandemic: The majority of firms can operate largely unhindered as long as they adhere to a hygiene concept.

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IfM Publications
2020: Pandemic had less impact on start-up behaviour in the commercial sector than expected

Start-up activity was less lively in the last year than in 2019, partly due to the reintroduction of compulsory master craftsmanship in some trades, partly due to the Corona pandemic.

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Participation in external events
Income situation of the self-employed

Peter Kranzusch, Dr. Stefan Schneck and Hans-Jürgen Wolter presented the latest results on the "Income Situation of the Self-employed" in mid-March at the working group "The Work of the Self-Employed" of the German Sociological Association. The basis for this were evaluations with the Taxpayer Panel…

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External publications
More women in the MINT professions

How many women work in the MINT sector? What are the career opportunities for Young Women MINT Professionals (YWMP)? Answers to these questions are provided by the BMBF-funded research project MINTdabei as well as a five-part podcast series and a short YouTube film.

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Participation in external events
Encourage entrepreneurship?!

How are the start-up activities structured in North Rhine-Westphalia? What are the regional differences? In mid-March, Dr Rosemarie Kay spoke about "Starting up in NRW: Opportunities and Challenges" as part of the "Virtual Expert Forum - Migrant Economy: Digitally and Well Networked through the…

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Guests at the IfM
How companies are perceiving the opportunities of digitalisation

Companies that have not yet digitised any parts of their production will not strive to do so in the future. In contrast, many companies are networking with their customers, even if there are still obstacles in this area, for example data protection and data security.

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Press release
Family-internal takeovers harbour fewer risks

Unternehmen, bei denen bereits zu Beginn eines Übergabeprozesses geplant ist, dass ein Familienmitglied die Nachfolge antreten soll, sind deutlich seltener von einer Stilllegung betroffen, als Unternehmen, die einen Verkauf anstreben.

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External publications
Future-oriented context research

The book "Contextualizing Entrepreneurship Theory" by Prof. Dr.Ted Baker and Prof. Dr. Friederike Welter is now also viewable online in Open Access.

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Press release
Corona did not frighten female founders in 2020

In the pandemic year 2020, commercial start-ups of individual enterprises fell by around 15%. The decline was somewhat smaller among women than among male entrepreneurs.

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