Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

70 years of Fraunhofer

We invent the world of tomorrow... and the day after tomorrow. We pursue tangible change and never stop asking, what's next?

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Annual Report

The annual report “Digital Value Creation” presents selected research projects, key figures, and developments of the institute in 2017/18.

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"Data Mining and Value Creation" focuses on the value of data for businesses

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Disseminators’ workshop: “How to push start a campaign” on January 3, 2019 in Ilmenau

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Our Mission

At Fraunhofer IMW, our team draws from more than ten 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

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


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Selected Press Releases

Press Release / 17.1.2019

IHK Service Promotion Initiative: Five companies start the project phase

Press Release / 24.4.2018

Research project on the economic value of the data and digitization of companies in Saxony kicks off

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Current Events

Lecture / 27.5.2019

Fireside Chat 2019 - Internationalization and financing

The network "Energie & Umwelt e. V." (Energy & Environment e.V.) invites you to exchange ideas in the historical ambience of the Mädlervilla. Erik Ackermann, research fellow for the Innovation Financing Unit, will speak on the subject of local crowdfunding. This event provides information on Leipzig companies' current developments and activities in international markets, financing opportunities for SMEs, and alternative financing instruments such as crowdfunding. 

Lecture / 17.5.2019

Denkfabrik Sachsen - Fraunhofer researcher Dr. Steffen Preissler gives a lecture on innovation and value creation

The 14th "Denkfabrik Sachsen" (Saxony Think Tank) will take place in Dresden. Important questions about the future will be discussed with high-ranking guests from politics, business, and science. Dr. Steffen Preissler, Head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Division, has been invited as an expert and will give a lecture for the specialist forum, "Innovation and Value Creation."


Hannover Messe 2019: Carbon Concrete Joint Project Considered Best Practice for Lightweight Construction

As part of the C³ project, more than 160 partners from industry and science, including Fraunhofer IMW, are developing a new material compound using carbon fibers and high-performance concrete: carbon concrete. Saxony plans its first carbon concrete road bridge for 2020, while the first carbon concrete building will be completed in Dresden by 2021. In cooperation with this project, the German Ministry of Economics and Technology is hosting the first lightweight construction conference at HANNOVER MESSE 2019.


Hannover Messe 2019: Leaders' Dialogue - Platform Industry 4.0

Dr. Steffen Preissler, Head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Division at Fraunhofer IMW, has accepted an invitation from the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to attend the Platform Industry 4.0 Leaders' Dialogue on April 2, 2019. The event will involve discussion of the 2030 mission statement developed by Platform Industry 4.0, featuring high-ranking representatives from politics, business, and trade unions.

Conference / 19.6.2019

Call for Papers

Fraunhofer scientists will hold a workshop about "Innovation Models in Emerging Countries" at the R&D Management Conference 2019 in Paris. 


4th Fraunhofer IMW Research Day: Scientists present research priorities for 2019

Disseminators' Workshop / 23.1.2019

"How to push start a campaign"

Event / 5.11.2018

Kick-Off Event “Data Mining and Value Creation“

Further events and news




Energy Globe World Award

The "C³ - Carbon Concrete Composite" project, with participation from Fraunhofer IMW, wins the environmental “Energy Globe World” award.

Future Prospects for Space Travel 2040


Annual Report 2017/18

The annual report “Digital Value Creation” presents selected research projects, key figures and developments of the institute in 2017/18.


Event / 5.11.2018

Kick-Off Event, “Data Mining and Value Creation“

Find out more about the dimensions and perspectives of the project. First results from the interviews conducted with international and Saxon businesses will be presented. Current initiatives and different perspectives on digitization will be discussed.

Alumni Spotlight Interview

Sören Wortmann: "The basis of tomorrow's wealth"

Sören Wortmann is a business innovation analyst working in the corporate digitization field.


“The use of collaborative system solutions requires entrepreneurial courage”


Interview with Annamaria Riemer, head of Professionalizing Knowledge Transfer Processes unit

“Future scenario analysis: nowadays, we are able to flexibly address a much greater number of issues”

Interview with Dr. Steffen Preissler, head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer division

“We must overcome this segmentation”


Interview with Dr. Friedrich Dornbusch, head of Innovation Policy and Transfer Design unit

“Knowledge exchange is one of the most important elements of successful innovation processes”


Trends in artificial intelligence

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is developing key technologies in artificial intelligence at many of its institutes. Research in such areas as robotics, image and voice processing, and process optimization contributes to debate over the theories and ethics of artificial intelligence, while at the same time recognizing clients' practical needs. A new study addresses myths and trends as well as progress in artificial intelligence and supercomputers.


More information: Fraunhofer Big Data Alliance


Fraunhofer IMW becomes premium member of Europe's most important crowdfunding network


Head of institute works as innovation research expert in working group, "Platform Industry 4.0”

Under the guidance of the platform headed by Federal Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier and Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek, Prof. Posselt's working group "Digital Business Models" focuses on the value-added contribution of Industry 4.0.

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