The objective of the study is to analyse the ICT sector in North Rhine-Westphalia, using the most recent census data available as well as the results of an own survey. This German federal state proves to be the home of a mainly prosperous ICT firm-population. The share of rapidly growing ICT companies is much higher in North Rhine-Westphalia than in other parts of Germany. Most of the ICT companies invest in new know-how and achieve – mainly as a result of own investments into research and development (R&D) – their innovation goals in the medium term. However, the shortage of skilled workers turns out to be a hindering factor in the innovation process . By contrast, most ICT companies have not been sufficiently successful at winning other firms to build R&D co-operations to overcome hurdles to innovation.
Maaß, F.; Schröder, C.; Wolter, H.-J. (2013): Kleine und mittlere Unternehmen der der Informations- und Kommunikationswirtschaft in Nordrhein-Westfalen, in: Institut für Mittelstandsforschung Bonn (Hrsg.): IfM-Materialien Nr. 224, Bonn.