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Institut für Mittelstandsforschung

Institut für Mittelstandsforschung

The Institute for SME Research is a central research institution of the University of Mannheim and has been carrying out research projects on current and structural SME-related topics for almost 30 years. Currently, 30 scientists are working at the Institute. His particular strength lies in the interdisciplinary orientation and bridging function between science, policy advice and practice. The work of the ifm focuses on the following four research topics: (1) digitization and competitiveness in SMEs, (2) family businesses, (3) new forms of self-employment and (4) entrepreneurship.

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A unique learning opportunity in Mannheim! Join our partner the Institute for SME Research and Entrepreneruship at the University of Mannheim for a one-week intense PhD workshop and daily public morning lectures on institutional analysis.

In public morning lectures international faculty will present and discuss research within the field of institutional theory. Afternoon workshop sessions with international faculty are limited to PhD students who successfully apply to the workshop.

Find more information and apply here:

The Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR) facilitates inquiry in organizational social science among a transnational network of scholars. Its member institutions in Scandinavia and greater Europe support working visits and residencies at Stanford and Harvard Universities. SCANCOR also sponsors conferences, workshops, and mentoring opportunities worldwide (for more information, please visit

Are you interested in strategic consulting and business restructuring? The Institute of SME Research at the University of Mannheim offers a free two-day training to gain insights into this arcane profession. The workshop includes a restructuring simulation of a challenging real-life restructuring scenario. Participants will solve realistic and typical turnaround case issues and – using role play exercises – will put themselves into the position of various parties involved (banks, enterprise, consultants, etc.) to experience what operative turnaround management is about. Moreover, students have the opportunity get together with consultants from Roland Berger - Germany’s leading restructuring consultancy – to discuss career & internship opportunities.

The workshop will be instructed by Mr. Georg Harenberg who is a successful entrepreneur in Berlin („Life is Good“ GmbH / CARAS Gourmet / ~ 100 employees). Mr. Harenberg has a distinguished track record in restructuring at several large consultancies and is an internationally known specialist trainer for restructuring consulting. He is alumnus of the University of Mannheim (Dipl.-Kfm.) and holds an MBA (with honors from Beta Gamma Sigma Society) from Columbia University (New York) in Finance and Economics. The workshop will take place on April 26 (9:00-18:00) & April 27 (9:00-~14:30), in L9, 1-2, room 210.

Registration: If you’d like to take part, please apply with a brief motivation letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Application deadline is the April 23, 12:00. To keep the workshop interactive, places are limited. Dresscode is business casual.

The project "MIGRANTINNEN gründen" is endorsed by the Federal Department for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth and will host a dialog about chances of self-employment for social and economic integration. 


The event will be opened by Chistine Morgenstern, head of the department for equalization at the Federal Department for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth. Keynote speaker will be Christane Varga. Take this opportunity and learn more about the research outcomes of the Instituts für Mittelstandsforschung at the University of Mannheim (ifm).


Register until 29. November 2016 for the event here:

Please refer to the agenda for further information. 


When: 06 December 2016 | 9:45 - 16:00

Where: Federal Department for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth | Glinkastrasse 24 | Berlin

Attention: Event is going to be held in German


  • University of Mannheim
  • Institut für Mittelstandsforschung
  • Gründerverbund
  • ESF
  • Europäische Union
  • Baden-Württemberg - Ministerium für Finanzen und Wirtschaft
  • Absolventum