Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

Our Mission

At Fraunhofer IMW, our team draws from more than fourteen years of experience in socioeconomic research at our Leipzig offices. Fraunhofer economists develop scientifically sound solutions to challenges presented by globalization, ensuring the lasting success of our clients and partners from business and industry, research, and civil society.

Our mission is to develop powerful and effective strategies, processes, and tools, in order to:

  • Facilitate knowledge and technology transfer between organizations
  • Convert knowledge into innovative products and services
  • Develop the right environment for innovation and knowledge transfer

In this process, we aim for ecologically and socially balanced and economically viable solutions with a global perspective.

Founded as the Center for Central and Eastern Europe MOEZ in 2006, the institute consolidated its expertise and range of services in internationalization and the knowledge economy under a new name in 2015, becoming the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW.

Range of Services

 

Digital Project Unit Data Mining and Value Creation

The joint project of the Fraunhofer IMW and the University of Leipzig investigates the potential for data-based value creation models in Saxony and enables the participating Saxon companies to use their data profitably by developing suitable software solutions. 

 

Branch office of the Fraunhofer IMW

Center for Economics of Materials CEM

As a branch office of the Fraunhofer IMW in Halle (Saale), the Center for Economics of Materials combines materials science and techno-economic expertise, for example in technology and regulatory impact assessments or the digitalization of materials processes.

Publications

Publications

Our publications document research activities at the institute.

The institute publishes an annual report. To receive your copy, please contact: jahresbericht@imw.fraunhofer.de

 

Economic policy position paper / 9.5.2022

How Europe can restore its digital sovereignty

The position paper raises the question of whether a combination of a liberal market approach and an industrial policy approach is best suited to creating and maintaining digital sovereignty in Germany and Europe.

 

Study / 14.3.2022

Industry outlook 2030+: Automotive with focus on Eastern Germany

The study examines the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the automotive supply industry in Eastern Germany.

 

Working Paper / 2.2.2022

New Work in the nursing industry

The working paper provides recommendations for the implementation of New Work in nursing homes and the care sector of hospitals.

5.4.2022

Research Project "DataLab WestSax" Opens simul+ Hybrid Living Lab

The collaborative research project "DataLab WestSax" - Future and Value Creation Lab West Saxony - a regional catalyst for data-based value creation - aims to leverage untapped potential of data for value creation purposes. Prof. Heiko Gebauer's team at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig and Prof. Christoph Laroque's team at the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences Zwickau will receive a total of 1.5 million euros in financial support from the simul⁺ innovation hub of the Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development (SMR). This will enable both private and public/municipal companies in the West Saxony region to test adapted digital technologies and data utilization processes.
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18.3.2022

Socio- and Techno-Economic Research Strengthens SMEs in Saxony and Regions Undergoing Structural Change

On Friday Saxony's Minister of State for Science, Culture and Tourism Sebastian Gemkow learned first-hand about the institute's current research priorities. In addition to insights into projects for the development of innovative business models with companies in Saxony, the focus of the conversation was on research activities on future development paths for regions affected by structural change.
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15.3.2022

Eastern Germany offers location advantages for the automotive supply industry despite major challenges

In the Automotive Industry Outlook 2030+, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe and the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig have looked at the German and, in particular, the East German automotive industry. The study, commissioned by the Labour and Environment Foundation of the IGBCE, focuses on the current economic importance of the industry, its future challenges, and options for action in regard to trade unions, politics, industry and the public in the region.
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11.3.2022

Analysing the economic efficiency of transport robots

Fraunhofer IPA has developed a new, flexible transportation robot. A research team from the Fraunhofer IMW headed by Dr. Marija Radic examined the economic viability of the robot based on a life cycle cost analysis.
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Visit to the institute / 14.7.2022

Saxon Minister of State and Head of Office visits Fraunhofer IMW

Thomas Kralinski, Head of Office and State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, learns about Fraunhofer IMW on July 14, 2022. The focus lies on the institute's research on data and platform economics, technology economics, startups and entrepreneurship - as well as the planned symposium "Howto H2 - Hydrogen Economy" taking place in September 2022 in Leipzig

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Science Talk

28.4.2022

The value of an original: survey launched on visiting the Dresden Maya Codex

Since Thursday, April 28, 2022, visitors to the treasure room of the Saxon State Library – Dresden State and University Library (SLUB) can take part in a survey on one of the four remaining authentic Maya manuscripts in the world. The survey, conducted by the research team led by Urban Kaiser and Uta Pollmer of Fraunhofer IMW, examines as a case study the financial and organizational efforts that visitors take on in order to view the original manuscript.
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11.3.2022

Analysing the economic efficiency of transport robots

Fraunhofer IPA has developed a new, flexible transportation robot. A research team from the Fraunhofer IMW headed by Dr. Marija Radic examined the economic viability of the robot based on a life cycle cost analysis.
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28.10.2021

KERES project workshop: "The Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage"

The first public KERES workshop, "The Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage," on October 28, 2021, will present the current state of climate research in the KERES project and how this knowledge can be applied to cultural heritage to derive appropriate conservation measures.
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News / "Your solutions to known problems!" / 22.6.2022

EXPRESS idea contest 2022

As part of the EXPRESS research project, we are looking for solutions to existing challenges in agriculture. Take part in our idea contest and network with other farmers, researchers and companies.

 

Interview with Dr. Daniela Pufky-Heinrich

Institute aims to drive forward strategies for hydrogen economy

Crowd Innovation: Potential for researchers at Fraunhofer and companies

The development and implementation of innovations can benefit in many ways from the involvement of society in research processes.  

With its Crowd Innovation platform, Fraunhofer IMW explores the potential of crowdsourcing for research and enables researchers to receive fresh impulses and ideas to further develop their technologies.

The platform also offers companies the opportunity to search for solutions together with Fraunhofer researchers, thereby laying a foundation for further collaborations.

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Digitalzünder 2022 BreakOut Session / 6.9.2022

»Digitale Transformation im Mittelstand – Chance, Treiber, Hemnisse und Beispiele«

Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center eStandards at Fraunhofer IMW

Holger König: "Discover in this BreakOut Session how to succeed in digitizing your business models. I will use survey results to show you what the opportunities, drivers and obstacles of digitization are in medium-sized companies. We will talk about the megatrends of digitization as well as best practices from the Mittelstand Digital network. Finally, I would like to give you an insight into the AI demonstrators from the Open Workshop Leipzig."

 

 

34th Annual EAEPE Conference | Naples / 7.9.2022

"Enhancing international cooperation in science, technology and innovation to achieve sustainable development goals"

Sept. 07-09, Naples, The 34th Annual EAEPE Conference: Prof. Dr. Iciar Dominguez Lacasa and Manuel Molina Vogelsang present on "Enhancing international cooperation in science, technology and innovation to achieve sustainable development goals".

 

Social Outcomes Conference | Oxford / 8.9.2022

"The challenges of decentralisation in the Rhenish lignite mining district"

September 08, Oxford, Social Outcomes Conference, Dr. Benjamin Klement lectures on "The challenges of decentralisation in the Rhenish lignite mining district".

Revier2030 #futuresaces. How much space does structural change need? / 6.9.2022

"Innovative spaces"

September 15, Jülich, Revier2030 #futurespaces. How much space does structural change need?, Dr. Friedrich Dornbusch talks about innovative spaces.

 

 

12. Transferwerkstatt | Berlin / 17.11.2022

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