Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

70 years of Fraunhofer

We invent tomorrow's world. And the day after tomorrow. We pursue tangible change and never cease to ask, what's next?

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Project kick-off “Data Mining and Value Creation“

5.11.2018 | 9.30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (in German)

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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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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 digitalization of companies in Saxony kicks off

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Current Events


4th Research Day at Fraunhofer IMW: 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 saxonian businesses will be presented. Current initiatives and different perspectives on digitization will be discussed.

Alumni Spotlight Interview

Jakub Hlavka: “The potential to improve the lives of millions”

Jakub Hlavka is a policy researcher working in the fields of innovation policy, security and health.


“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 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 


Fraunhofer IMW 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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