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IfM-Materialien

The IfM research results are published in the IfM Materials series.

results: 114
IfM-Materialien | 2022
The societal value creation of German Mittelstand

This study explores the societal impact of Mittelstand companies and how it is achieved in a process of collaborative societal value creation. Regional communities perceive different aspects of societal impact, depending on local problems.

IfM-Materialien | 2022
Digitisation processes of SMEs in the manufacturing sector – follow-up survey

Based on a follow-up survey, this study examines the level of digitalisation among manufacturing companies since 2016. Our results show that the importance of digitalisation has increased significantly over the past five years.

IfM-Materialien | 2022
Attitudes and behavior of Mittelstand companies facing climate change

Regardless of firm size, many companies are committed to fight against climate change because of their own values. However, only a few companies associate climate change with additional market opportunities. Small companies in particular link the combat against climate change with additional cost burden.

IfM-Materialien | 2021
Business resilience: Influencing factors in the corona pandemic

This study develops a resilience model for companies based on a literature review. Based on this, we identify influencing factors and mechanisms relevant to coping with the Corona pandemic using case studies.

IfM-Materialien | 2021
Fintechs: Opportunities for SME Financing?

The study examines the potential of fintechs for SME financing. Fintechs often bring together capital supply and demand more efficiently than banks.

IfM-Materialien | 2021
Founding success of academics in German univiersities - a process oriented perspective

Im Rahmen dieser Studie werden die Einflüsse auf den Gründungserfolg von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern an deutschen Hochschulen über einen Zeitraum von sieben Jahren analysiert.

IfM-Materialien | 2021
Challenges related to Business Transfers: Companies between continuation and closure

The transfer of a business involves a multitude of challenges. Among them, it is essential to find a successor willing to take over the business to avoid a closure.

IfM-Materialien | 2020
The income situation of the self-employed and their capability of retirement provision

We examine German administrative tax data and find that six in ten self-employed individuals obtain annual incomes of less than 10,000 Euro with their entrepreneurial activity. However, many of these self-employed achieve additional incomes or partners contribute to household income.

IfM-Materialien | 2020
Challenges of apprenticeship in micro-enterprises

Developments on the apprenticeship market show not only a declining number of apprentices in establishments with less than ten employees, but also that fewer and fewer micro-enterprises are offering apprenticeships at all.

IfM-Materialien | 2020
The societal impact of German Mittelstand: Conceptual considerations

This study conceptually explores the societal impact of Mittelstand companies. It aims to analyse the societal role of the German Mittelstand beyond measurable effects (CSR, CC) and to develop a basis for subsequent empirical studies.

IfM-Materialien | 2020
Mittelstand Future Panel 2020 - Update of the expert survey on current and future challanges for der German Mittelstand

Securing innovation and competitiveness is the greatest challenge for the Mittelstand, both now and in the future.

IfM-Materialien | 2020
From idea to profit - an empirical analysis of the development processes of start-ups

The study analyses start-up processes in the alternative energy and information technology sectors. The findings reveal that start-ups do not follow a uniform process.

IfM-Materialien | 2020
Labor shortages in knowledge-intense occupations - Reactions of the demand and supply side

This conceptual study explores the relationship between labor shortages in knowledge-intensive occupations, the individual entrepreneurial choice, and strategic consequences for SMEs.

IfM-Materialien | 2020
Determinant of regional start-up activities – A feasibility study

In view of regional differences in start-up activities the question about underlying reasons emerges. However, to shed light on those reasons there are several challenges to be overcome. The aim of this feasibility study is therefore to examine the means to overcome those challenges.

IfM-Materialien | 2020
Cross-company innovations in change: An opportunity for Mittelstand firms?

Nowadays, German Mittelstand firms are increasingly innovating across company boundaries. The study shows triggers, functionalities and challenges of this joint innovation development.

IfM-Materialien | 2020
Challenges for the German Mittelstand – Updated Views from Entrepreneurs in 2019

What topics are enterprises of the German Mittelstand considering in the foreseeable future? For the third time, the IfM Bonn examines future challenges for German Mittelstand from the entrepreneur's point of view. The study is based on a representative company survey on the perception of bureaucracy at the turn of the year 2018/2019.

IfM-Materialien | 2019
Determinants of SME financing across selected European countries

This study examines the impact on small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) financing in nine selected European countries.

IfM-Materialien | 2019
Entrepreneurial target systems: Are medium-sized companies really different from others?

German SMEs are characterized - both nationally and internationally - as a special group of companies that stand out due to specific characteristics, behaviors and values.

IfM-Materialien | 2019
Bureaucratic perception of companies

This study examines how companies perceive bureaucracy.

IfM-Materialien | 2019
Persistence of self-employed receiving means-tested benefits

Persistence of self-employed receiving means-tested benefitsWe analyze the situation of self-employed receiving means-tested benefits in Germany. A severe loss of income is the main reason why self-employed individuals become entitled for means-tested benefits.