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Press releaseCompanies with real estate and in the liberal professions achieve the highest disposal assets profits

In the liberal professions, the average disposal asset profit has risen continuously since 2001. The positive trend in agriculture and forestry began after the global financial and economic crisis in 2010.

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IfM PublicationsIn focus: EU regulation to promote sustainable financing

 The collection of sustainability information is becoming increasingly important in many small and medium-sized enterprises. Due to European Union (EU) requirements, much of this information will have to be published in the future. It is also becoming increasingly important when taking out loans.

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Participation in external eventsConsidering the bureaucratic burden on smaller enterprises

The Mittelstand businesses still perceive an increasing bureaucratic burden despite various instruments and initiatives by politicians to reduce bureaucracy. Prof Dr Welter recommended in her keynote speech at an event of the SPD Economic Forum at the end of November that the consequences of …

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Participation in external eventsIfM research results at RENT 2022

Mittelstand enterprises not only make a significant social contribution in times of crisis but also generally contribute to the sustainability and resilience of regions.

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External publicationsFamily businesses versus crises

Family businesses in Europe are currently facing many challenges. How can they master them and how can Mittelstand policy support them?

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Participation in external eventsInnovativeness of SMEs during the pandemic

How innovative are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in times of crisis? How do this impact economic development and the social contribution of SMEs?

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Participation in external eventsImpact of the crisis on the Mittelstand

How did the Mittelstand perform during the two Corona years? Which challenges are the companies currently facing? What strategies are they using to cope with the crises?

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Press releaseGovernment measures aided Mittelstand companies in the COVID-19 crisis

Kleine und mittlere Unternehmen (KMU) sowie Familienunternehmen – auch als Mittelstand bezeichnet – waren insgesamt wirtschaftlich stärker von der Corona-Krise betroffen als große und nicht-mittelständische Unternehmen.

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Guests at the IfMPatent registrations in East and West Germany

There is still a difference in the level of innovativeness of companies in East and West Germany. In his presentation "A Legacy of Socialism? Innovation activities in East and West Germany 1877 to 2014" at the IfM Bonn Science Forum, Prof Michael Fritsch (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) showed …

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IfM PublicationsWhich characteristics encourage entrepreneurial action

Can the five-factor model of personality - degree of extraversion and interpersonal compatibility, conscientiousness in action, emotional stability and openness to new experiences - also be used in start-up and SME research?

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Press releaseMittelstand Future Panel: skilled workers shortage remains most significant challenge

Mittelstand company managers have named the increasing shortage of skilled workers as their biggest challenge for the second year running, followed by "climate change and sustainability", "energy supply and security", "digitalisation", and "inflation/crises".

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Guests at the IfMWhat concerns the Mittelstand

What issues are currently facing Mittelstand companies – and which will challenge them in the future? Fabian Wehnert, head of the Mittelstand and family business department at the Federation of German Industries (BDI), discussed this question with IfM Bonn researchers end of October.

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Press releaseMunich district remains at the top

Once again, the district of Munich seems to be the most attractive place to set up a business or move a company there in 2021, according to the current NUI (New Entrepreneurial Initiative) region ranking. The city of Baden-Baden comes in second place, followed by the district of Miesbach, and the …

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Participation in external eventsInteresting research dialogue in Siegen

How does European legislation on sustainable financing affect SMEs? How do entrepreneurs see climate risks? How do they deal with them in their business activities?

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Press releaseThe ecological transformation will not succeed without small and medium-sized enterprises

"Small and medium-sized enterprises play an important part in the ecological transformation. Many of them are already investing in sustainable technologies and in renewable energies," explained Parliamentary State Secretary Michael Kellner at the opening of the International Roundtable on SMEs in …

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