Institute for Mittelstand and Family Firms (IMF)
The Institute for Mittelstand and Family Firms is an independent institute under private management sponsored by HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration.
Its aim is to identify the specific challenges faced by SMEs and family businesses (in Hamburg), to generate scientifically sound solutions and to transfer the findings to the economy.
The focus of the institute is on the one hand based on the fact that SMEs and family enterprises are the backbone of the German economy, specifically in terms of innovation and competitiveness. On the other hand they are not at the focus of the public, the science as well as the politics as the latter tend to concentrate on large companies.
We promote the development and the value of the medium-sized and the family-owned businesses especially in the Hamburg area.
We conduct challenging research with a high relevance for practice and are engaged in the doctoral education.
We offer a platform to all sectors to encourage the exchange of knowledge as well as to reflect and discuss challenges together.