The present study identifies innovative approaches for "Mittelstand" policies based on four international good-practice-examples. The measures refer to traditional key areas of "Mittelstand" policies, i.e.v strengthening a culture of entrepreneurship (Canada/Austria), and to important cross-sectional policy fields where "Mittelstand" policy does not have primary responsibility: digital government (Estonia), digital education (Netherlands/Finland). The analysed good-practice-examples illustrate that it is helpful to develop a common vision and implementation strategy with the active participation of all relevant stakeholders (ministries, enterprises, organisations and experts) when dealing with complex, new policy actions. The measures should be implemented in a trial-and-error-process with accompanying support instruments, without expecting comprehensive success in the short-term.
Holz, M.; Levering, B.; May-Strobl, E. unter Mitarbeit von Kasdorf, A. (2017): Neue Ansätze für die Mittelstandspolitik – Impulse von internationalen Good-Practice-Beispielen, IfM Bonn: IfM-Materialien Nr. 262, Bonn.