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Insight: The Mittelstand - One German Product That May Not Be Exportable

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Source: 
Reuters

Germany's "Mittelstand", the medium-sized and often family-owned manufacturing firms to which the country owes much of its exporting prowess, has become the envy of political and business leaders all over the world and they are keen to emulate it. But the Mittelstand, with roots in the disparate statelets of mediaeval Germany and sustained by a conservative, small-town culture, is a model that cannot be automatically exported to fundamentally different societies. Thsi article explains the success of the Mittelstand and what elements can be imported to other countries.

Why Is This Relevant To The Midmarket: 

Certain aspects of the  German Mittelstand can be lessons for other coutries' midmarket sector.