In order to safeguard its competitiveness, the German Mittelstand mainly relies on innovation and growth. This is a key result of the enterprise survey with regard to future challenges for the Mittelstand. In contrast to experts inquired for the Mittelstand future panel 2017, the enterprises themselves focus to a lesser extent on digitisation. Among an entirety of 13 identified fields of actions, Mittelstand companies consider recruitment of skilled employees and legal framework conditions as important challenges. Enterprises with different cha-racteristics in terms of age, size and economic sector, perceive different main challenges.
Kranzusch, P.; May-Strobl, E.; Levering, B. (2017): Innovation und Wachstum als Herausforderung für den Mittelstand – Update der Unternehmersicht 2017, IfM Bonn: IfM-Materialien Nr. 260, Bonn.