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Third-party research

Do you have a (research) question in mind? Are you planning to conduct a study? Are you in need of our expertise?

The IfM Bonn will be happy to assist and to co-operate with you. Our service starts with the development of a research concept, continues with the (empirical) analysis and the writing of a report and ends with the public dissemination of the results. In every project phase, we co-ordinate work with you to achieve tailored results.

The research activities of the IfM Bonn include a wide range of different topics related to Mittelstand and SMEs. Our researchers have outstanding expertise in the fields of entrepreneurship, employment in SMEs, digitisation and family business. The institute's strength lies in the interdisciplinary composition of our team of researchers, which includes economists, business economists, psychologists, sociologists and mathematicians. We adopt qualitative as well as quantitative methods - often in combination (mixed-methods design).

We are looking forward to working with you. For further information, please contact schroeder(at)ifm-bonn.org.

Completed third-party funded projects (selection)

External publication
Crises of SMEs: challenges, developments, and resilience of women- and migrant-led companies

This study examines the process of a business crisis of small companies of all sectors of the economy in the Frankfurt/Main (Germany) area. Particular emphasis is laid on the challenges faced by migrant- and women-led companies.

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External publication
Productivity of small and medium sized enterprises in Germany

The study examines the labor productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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External publication
The largest family businesses in Germany, key figures update 2018

As part of the study series "The largest family businesses in Germany", the IfM Bonn analyzed the balance sheet and P&L data of family businesses with annual sales of 50 million euros or more in winter 2018.

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IfM-Materialien
Disruptive innovations: Opportunities and risks for small and medium-sized enterprises

The subject of this study is the handling of increasingly emerging disruptive developments by medium-sized companies. The majority of the companies consider their own business model to be well equipped for the future. However, this is only critically questioned when problems are already noticeable.

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External publication
BDI/PwC Mittelstandspanel - autumn 2015

As part of a long-term study on medium-sized industrial companies in Germany, the IfM Bonn surveyed a fixed group of industrial companies for the 22nd time in autumn 2015 to assess the economic situation and topics relevant to daily politics and business management.

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External publication
Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Germany

The report contains an overview of current and planned measures to promote entrepreneurial independence for women in Germany, as well as an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of these measures in the areas of entrepreneurial skills, access to financing, and institutional framework conditions.

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External publication
Engine of success - focus on German medium-sized businesses

For the study "Engine of Success - Focus on German SMEs", scientists from the Institute for SME Research (IfM) in Bonn, commissioned by GE Capital, evaluated the survey of companies with sales ranging from 20 million to one billion euros.

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