The Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn was established in 1957 as a foundation of private law on the initiative of Ludwig Erhard, the Minister of Economic Affairs (and later German Chancellor). Founders are the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The institute's task is to analyse the status-quo, development and problems of Mittelstand companies and small and medium-sized enterprises, to develop recommendations for SME policies and to disseminate its research results to the general public. The institute is independent in its research activities. The research activities are assigned to four programme areas: Ongoing Economic Observation (General situation, development and overall economic significance of SMEs). SMEs, Society and State (Interaction between these three groups). Development processes of SMEs, incl. entrepreneurship research (Various phases in the life cycle of a company, e.g. foundation, growth thresholds including insolvency/restructuring and transfer). Strategic Management (Different managerial aspects and individual company issues).
Areas of focus
Founder gender: Both male and female founders
Leader gender: Female Leader(s) (2020): Prof. Dr. Friederike Welter
Leader gender: Female Leader(s) (2019): Prof. Dr. Friederike Welter
Leader gender: Female
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