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The paper presents insights into the situation concerning research data management (RDM) in the high-tech manufacturing industry and respective research institutions. Besides standards and guidelines, data management and its degree of formalization play a decisive role in digital transformation in all organizations. The authors of this study benefited from the opportunity arising within the framework of the European collaborative project iDev4.0 to evaluate RDM in the industry as well as in research institutions of different sizes and orientations. The study focuses on RDM-related soft criteria (e.g., understanding, awareness, value assessment) but also the concrete implementation of RDM. For this survey, the team conducted expert interviews and evaluated them using a qualitative analysis oriented to Mayring’s approach . The results provide insight into the attitude of involved stakeholders towards RDM on the one hand and its practical implementation on the other. Identified commonalities, differences, and needs of the different parties are presented in this paper.