Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

Services and Competencies of the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig

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Data as digital value: Joint research project by Fraunhofer IMW and the University of Leipzig before the start.

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“The use of collaborative system solutions requires entrepreneurial courage.”

Interview with Anzhela Preissler, Dr. Marija Radic and Dr. Sandra Dijk.

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At Fraunhofer IMW, our work draws from twelve years of experience in socio-technical and socioeconomic research at our Leipzig offices. The Fraunhofer economists develop scientifically sound solutions to the challenges posed by globalization. This ensures the lasting success of our clients and partners, who have backgrounds in business and industry, research, and society at large. The everyday lives of people and their environments are at the heart of our international innovation projects, our networking activities and our analyses. 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, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW.

Fraunhofer IMW works for the benefit of business and society.  Our mission is to develop powerful and effective strategies, processes and tools to:

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

Additionally, the institute’s economists aim to find ecologically and socially balanced and economically viable solutions.

The institute and the scientists that work here have proven experience in the fields of internationalization, innovation and technology management, innovation funding, strategy development, the knowledge economy and research marketing. Currently, around seventy full-time employees work on industry-focused projects, with an emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Additionally, our projects fall within the context of e.g.:

  • The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020)
  • The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conversation and Nuclear Safety
  • The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Foundation for the Environment)

Membership Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research.

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Projects of the institute.

Network and Cooperations of the Fraunhofer IMW.

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Using data innovatively and efficiently - Big Data Center at Fraunhofer IMW.

EU Plus: Interdisciplinary Research Partner for EU Projects.

Open workshop: Digital Competence Center Leipzig.

Annual Report 2016/17

 

Annual Report 2016/17

The annual report Knowledge Worlds presents selected research projects, key figures and developments of the institute in 2016/17.

 

Interview with director of the institute, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt, and Dr. Steffen Preissler, the head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer division

Knowledge - the most valuable resource of the future?

 

Selected research projects of the Fraunhofer IMW in the annual report 2016/17

Ten years with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft: Professor Thorsten Posselt celebrates anniversary as director of Fraunhofer IMW

Professor Dr. Thorsten Posselt took up his appointment as the director of what is now called the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig ten years ago, on 1 February 2008. Professor Dr. Thorsten Posselt, who is a business management and economics graduate and expert, initially headed the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's socio-economics institute, then called the Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe (MOEZ), from 2006 onwards. The institute consolidated its expertise and range of services in 2015 with an international profile and under a new name, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW. As the head of the institute, Professor Posselt contributed considerably to the initiation of the associated change processes, the development of the institute profile and the strategic further development of this non-university based Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft research center in many decisive ways. 

“In the past decade of the institute's development and since its establishment in 2006, we have established the innovation-promoting scope that allows the excellent researchers from by now twenty different countries to contribute their perspectives to the institute's interdisciplinary research groups. We are successfully coming up with solutions for the complex issues of the globalized world; solutions that make it possible for us to understand them and that can be applied in a scientifically sound way. At the Fraunhofer IMW, we work on and investigate ecologically and socially fair and economically viable innovations with the global perspective in mind. All of us are working together for the benefit of the knowledge society – we are duty-bound to do so and conduct our research in various worlds of knowledge which we then link by building bridges.”

The economist also teaches as professor for innovation management and innovation economics at the University of Leipzig. As an innovation research expert, he sits on numerous scientific advisory committees. In the current Fraunhofer IMW Annual Report, he discusses the value of the resource knowledge for the IMW's customers and partners from science, political, business and social backgrounds with Dr. Steffen Preissler, the head of the Fraunhofer IMW's Knowledge and Technology Transfer division, and defines the knowledge economy perspective within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft more precisely.

Professional development of Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt

Interview with director of the institute, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt, and Dr. Steffen Preissler, the head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer division

Knowledge - the most valuable resource of the future?

Current events

 

22.6.2018

Fraunhofer IMW Looks to the Research Sites of the Future

Every two years, the institute participates in the Long Night of Science, held in Leipzig. From futurology to innovative music, from the workplace of the future to accompanying research in sports – big and little guests alike found many exciting topics on 22 June 2018.

 

21.6.2018

Efficient Master Data and Parts Management: Reducing costs through eStandards

 

12 and 13 June, 2018

Meeting of the Board 2018

At this year's Meeting of the Fraunhofer IMW Board on 12 and 13 June 2018, the trustees will discuss topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining and Value Creation and Frugal Innovation in International Initiatives with the institute's director Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt as well as its researchers. 

 

Conference / May 25-26, 2018

I, Scientist

I, Scientist – The conference on gender, career paths and networking will present possible career paths following upon the completion of mathematical/scientific studies or a doctorate in these subject areas. Also up for discussion will be the problem of unconscious, gender-based bias as well as solutions for reconciling family and career. Last but not least, the conference, organized by the Lise Meitner Society, aims to increase the visibility of inspiring women as role models.

 

Fair / 16.5.2018

IFAT 2018 in Munich: Focus on South Africa

Prof. Dr. Oliver C. Ruppel and Dr. Steffen Preissler spoke at IFAT, the world's leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, under the motto “The South African market for environmental technology: climate protection, water safety and new business models”.

26.4.2018

Institute director participates in Schmalenbach Conference 2018, discussion centers on cooperation between start-ups and large companies.

Start-ups and corporate venturing in focus: On April 26, 2018, the Schmalenbach Conference is taking place in Cologne; among the participants will be Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt, Director of the Fraunhofer IMW institute. The central question of the conference is how the advantages of corporate venturing can best be realized.

25.4.2018

Indian Representative visits Fraunhofer Leipzig and BMW Plant

Andhra Pradesh Development Board signs Cooperation Agreement with Fraunhofer IMW

On 25 April 2018, J. Krishna Kishore, CEO of the Andhra Pradesh Development Board in India, visited the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center. During the visit, JProf. Dr. Tobias Dauth, Head of the Regional Positioning and Location Development Unit, accompanied Mr. Kishore on visits of the BMW plant, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW and the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI.

Fokus groups for SMEs / 23.-24.4.2018

Fokus groups discuss eStandards and business models with SMEs in the logistics and healthcare sector.

On the 23rd and 24th of April 2018, two focus groups on the topics of digital health care and networked mobility and logistics will take place in the Open Workshop Leipzig, located at the Fraunhofer IMW. Interested parties from these industries are invited to learn more about digital business models and electronic standards and to exchange ideas with other enterprises and experts on these topics.

 

23.4.2018

Delegation from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh visits Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe

On April 23, 2018, J. Krishna Kishore, CEO of the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (AP EDP), and his team visited the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft stand at the Hannover Messe.

 

Presentation / 21.-23.3.2018

Dr. Marija Radic presents digital health project at XPOMET medical convention.

Twitter / 21.3.2018

Prof. Posselt is confident that AI will complement our work, rather than take it away from us. Fraunhofer Politics #FraunhoferMorgenRadar #Bundestag

 

Fraunhofer-Morgen-Radar at the Bundestag / 21.3.2018

Professor Posselt talked about the potential future role of self-learning machines.

 

Knowledge transfer expert of Fraunhofer IMW heads lecture on self-learning machines.

Guest lecture / 13.2.2018

Predicting preferences with a new method – Bayesian Truth Serum.

On 13 February 2018, Professor Dr. Sonja Radas held a guest lecture on Bayesian Truth Serum (BTS) at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW. She talked about two research projects, Predictions as a Better Way to Elicit Preference Structure and Bayesian Truth Serum: Uncovering Hidden Knowledge. Professor Radas explained that BTS goes beyond traditional evaluation systems where the study participants are asked only about their own opinion on a certain subject, for example a new product. BTS also asks them what third parties would say about the subject, in their opinion.

Exhibition / 2.2.2018

European research project EFFESUS represented in poster exhibition at the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art.

A poster exhibition entitled European funds and Saxon ideas – We are conducting research for the future! will be on display on the premises of the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art (SMWK) in Dresden until 2nd February 2018. The Leipzig-based Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW is also represented with a poster at this exhibition on cutting-edge research in Saxony.

 

23.1.2018

Fraunhofer expert JProf Dauth invited to World Economic Forum in Davos.

17.1.2018

Joint New Year’s Reception 2018 of the Fraunhofer Institutes in Leipzig.

 

17.1.2018

3rd Research Day at Fraunhofer IMW – main research topics for 2018.

Open workshop: Fraunhofer IMW opens Digital Competence Center Leipzig.

News

 

3.5.2018

Visit from Brno: Smart City delegation visits Fraunhofer IMW in Leipzig

2.5.2018

Institute Director opens Best Practice Impulse at expert forum Platform for Innovation in Germany

On 10 April 2018, the Clariant Innovation Center (CIC) in Höchst held an expert forum on the Platform for Innovation in Germany (PFI-D) on the topic “innovation culture”.  Prof. Dr. Posselt, Institute Director at Fraunhofer IMW, opened the ‘best practice reports’ of the forum with his lecture “The knowledge created today outside of an organization’s boundaries is so great that no organization can do without it”.

 

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

Cooperation with Andhra Pradesh intensifies

The cooperation between Fraunhofer IMW and the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is set to intensify. On April 23, 2018, Institute Director Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt and JProf. Dr. Tobias Dauth, Head of the Regional Positioning and Location Development Unit, will visit the Hannover Messe. There, at the booth of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, a cooperation agreement between the Fraunhofer IMW and the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board will be signed. On Wednesday, the Fraunhofer IMW will welcome Mr. Krishna Kishore, the CEO of the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board, and his team as guests in Leipzig. In addition to a guided tour of the Fraunhofer IMW premises, Dr. Dauth will also accompany the group on visits to the Fraunhofer IZI and the BMW plant.

 

“The use of collaborative system solutions requires entrepreneurial courage.”

Twitter / 20.3.2018

#FrugalInnovation: Adding value from less #resources. German companies should take the trend seriously, advise researchers of the #IMW and the Institute for #Technology and #InnovationManagement @TUHamburg.

 

Successful hospital trial run: Researcher team investigates user-focused design of assistance robots.

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Data as digital value: Joint research project by Fraunhofer IMW and the University of Leipzig before the start

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Trends in artificial intelligence

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

 

More information: Fraunhofer Big Data Alliance 

 

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.”

 

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.”

Press release / 5.7.2017

Expertise consolidation: Fraunhofer establishes Innovation Research Group

20.2.2017

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

Quality Management: Recertification ensures consistently high quality

The Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW first gained its certification to the DIN specification DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 standard in the spring of 2013; this year, the institute has been successfully recertified. The certificate proves that the results of the daily activities follow regulated procedures, which makes it possible to maintain a consistently high-quality standard. 

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