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Institute Small and medium enterprises

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Entrepreneurial theory and expertise for the benefit of your company

Our training, research projects and advice are aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, from their start-up phase and throughout development, through innovation or internationalization projects, to takeover. We study and provide support, especially on issues relating to the digitalization of companies, changes in business models and the impact of disruptive technologies (Growth & SME Internationalization).

Our Institute’s research projects are financed by both public and private funds. These projects are designed to generate scientific knowledge and practical recommendations, primarily for business operators and SMEs. Our current research focuses on changing the business model for the press sector and identifying the potential provided by blockchain technology.


  • Business creation managerial process
  • Growth and internationalization
  • Family business
  • Innovation

Head of Institute and contact

Jean-Marie Ayer

Full Professor UAS/Institute Head
+41 26 429 63 77

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Research service

+41 26 429 63 84

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