Welcome to IfM Bonn

The Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn was established in 1957 as a foundation of private law on the initiative of Ludwig Erhard, then 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.



From the idea to the book

Almost two years after the joint doctoral course "New Directions in Entrepreneurship Research" of the chair of Prof. Dr. Friederike Welter (IfM Bonn/Universität Siegen) and the chair of Prof. Dr. David Urbano (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona/Spain) has taken place, the idea for the book "How to Make Your Doctoral Research Relevant: Insights and Strategies for the Modern Research Environment", has become reality: The book is now published.



Worldwide virtual exchange

29.06.2020 The Corona pandemic crisis and its effects were also the focus of the week-long virtual "Oxford Residence Week for Entrepreneurship Scholars".



Coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an extensive economic standstill in Germany.



Medium-sized companies face the challenge of mastering the "digital transformation".


Mittelstand and European Union

Since 1 January 1993, the European single market has guaranteed the free movement of goods, services, capital and persons.



IfM Comments

Economic recovery, crisis management and future package

02.07.2020 With the Economic Recovery and Crisis Management Package (June 2020), the immediate business relief measures of recent months are now being supplemented by measures to revive the economy and preserve jobs in the long term.The IfM Bonn has examined the SME-relevant measures with regard to their general suitability for revitalising SMEs.