Benefit from our experience

Due to our long-term experience in the field of empirical research, including the successful execution of many research projects and various synergy generating cooperations, we ensure a solid imlementation of our services. Additionally we maintain a close partnership to the University of Bayreuth and the active involvement of our board members ensure up-to-date answers to the current issues and a customized transfer to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
In the following section, you will be able to get an overview of our current range of research topics.
Please contact us, if you have any new ideas, projects and topics. We are always open to new ideas and welcome the dialogue with you.

As a neutral and competent partner, the BF/M plans and conducts your employee survey.
Our services are always based on a close cooperation with your business. They include the individually tailored design of the survey and the additional documents and the support of the people in your business, who are in charge of conducting the survey.
For us, it is self-evident, that during the process of collecting and processing the relevant data, we will comply with the highest standards of data protection, while ensuring the anonymity of the data.

The process of data collection, the statistical analysis and the interpretation of the data will culminate in identifying a potential for improvement and recommendations for action.

The above recommendations for action will be lined out in a final report including both graphical and written elements. Naturally, our report can be complemented with a presentation in your company at any time.

With §5 of the German Occupational Safety and Health Act (ArbSchG) as well as §3 of the workplaces ordinance (ArbStättV), sustainable workplace and working life participation of employees and the responsibility of the employer have gained prominence and legal status. In line with this, companies are obligated to conduct a psychological risk assessment including psychological strain.
We would like to offer our full and active assistance in designing the psychological risk assessment.

In a first step, a company-specific evaluation will identify potential sources of psychological stress.
In a next step, based on the findings of the evaluation, company-specific type and levels of psychological stress will be identified.
In a final step, we assess the potential of the relevant sources of stress and issue tailor-made recommendations for action.

In addition, we give support in documenting the results and summarize them in a comprehensive report.

With rising global competition, saturated markets, shorter product life cycles, increasing cost pressure and complex production processes, most companies are put to the test. Thus, the number of companies which seek cooperation in extensive networks has had an unprecedented hike.
The concentration of resources for product innovation, a decrease in production costs, the enlargement of the market and overcoming market entry barriers – to name just a few – are among the advantages of such means of cooperation.
The continued internationalization of SME operations leads to the question if the business network of the future stretches beyond national borders.
Especially SMEs find it attractive to embed their ambitions in transnational networks to internationalize their business operations.
Networks help to conquer typical shortcomings of SMEs (i.e. limited resources and equity, access to borrowed capital, international experiences of the employees) as well as maintaining self-sufficiency and the flexibility of entrepreneurial activities.

A targeted implementation of SME-specific business research projects supports the knowledge transfer from the sphere of science, facilitating its use in the relevant companies.
Research projects entail a survey analysis and case studies, drawing up fundamental conceptual solutions and supporting the implementation in the relevant companies.

IT-based business processes and the use of e-business standards are both complex topics.
In contrast to bigger companies which usually have sufficient financial resources to compensate for this complexity, SMEs usually lack the relevant capacities and therefore cannot sufficiently keep up with the pace of the continuous developments in this area.

Many  companies still hesitate to open their systems and to increasingly rely on standards due to security concerns as well as the occurence of non-calculable costs in case of a system change.
Moreover, many companies lack the competences or the financial resources to acquire the skills to implement and customize the available technologies.