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Policy Brief "Entrepreneurship in Focus"

The IfM Bonn and the Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (FGF) jointly edit the policy brief "Entrepreneurship in Focus" (formerly "Mittelstand aktuell") since November 2016. On 2 pages, research results on current topics are presented together with recommendations for economic policy makers.

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results: 12
Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2021
Entrepreneurship and knowledge as drivers of regional development in East Germany

East German regions, which had a relatively high density of private enterprises and a high qualification level of the workforce at the end of the GDR era, coped relatively well within the abrupt transition to a market economy more than 30 years ago.

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2021
Succession as closure risk

Closures in the course of successions are a rare phenomenon. The analysis of businesses that were ready to be handed over and whose owners planned a handover in the period from 2012 to 2016 but closed down their business instead proves this.

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2021
The (underestimated) potential of craft roll data for start-up and SME research

The business statistics of the Chambers of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses hold a worthwhile data potential for start-up and SME research

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2021
Income cuts and living standards in entrepreneurial households

Due to the pandemic-induced economic crisis, the self-employed are currently suffering considerable losses in sales and income. These income cuts affect not only the self-employed, but all members of households, who usually form an economic unit and support each other.

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2020
Foundation processes and the effect of crises

Crises have an accelerating effect on foundation processes. This is proven by the analysis of start-ups during the financial crisis of 2007/09 and could also apply in the Corona Pandemic.

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2020
What makes the Hidden Champions so successful?

Internationalisation and R&D activities characterise Hidden Champions.

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2019
Why the start-up culture in Silicon Valley is different

Looking at the influence of the start-up environment - independent of individual entrepreneurial activity - it can be seen that the environment in Germany promotes incremental-innovative start-ups.

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2018
Innovation is more than research and development

Innovations without R&D are widespread in medium-sized companies. Beyond R&D, the focus of innovation activity is primarily on the development of incremental innovations.

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2018
Business model innovations in family businesses

Innovative business models are just as important for the success of a company as new products and technologies.

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2017
Heterogeneity of SME financing in Europe

The middle class and its financing is a topic of high relevance. However, there is little empirical evidence on this topic at European level.

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2017
Social networks as reputation risk

With the advent of social media, employees today can directly influence the reputation of their employer.

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" | 2016
Start-ups pose new challenges for SME policy

Currently, start-ups in general are receiving a lot of attention. However, many of these start-ups do not consider themselves to be SMEs, even if they meet the criteria of the definition of SMEs.