Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

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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At Fraunhofer IMW, our work draws from more than ten years of experience in 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.  

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

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.


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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.

Press Releases

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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Event / 5.11.2018

Kick-Off Event »Data Mining and Value Creation«

Event / 30.11.2018

FURE Congress: The Future of Reading

Conference / 14.11.2018

JProf. Tobias Dauth Speaks at Conference on “Attracting and Retaining Skilled Workers”

Event / 8.10.2018

Fraunhofer Experience World - “#Zukunftsarbeit”

The Fraunhofer Experience World “#Zukunftsarbeit” (“work of the future”) interactively shows Fraunhofer technologies.

Conference / 4.10.2018

Conference on Education in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standardization in Europe

Forum / 4.9.2018

Prof. Posselt and Dr. Abdelkafi at the Sixteenth PFI-D Innovation Forum

Presentation / 3.9.2018

Prof. Dr. Gebauer presents “Data Mining and Value Creation“ to the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Working Group


Opening of “Services Funding Initiative”

Public Event / 22.6.2018

Long Night of the Sciences at Fraunhofer IMW

Workshop / 21.6.2018

Efficient Master Data and Parts Management: Reducing costs through eStandards

Fair / 16.5.2018

IFAT 2018 in Munich: Focus on South Africa

Prof. Dr. Oliver C. Ruppel and Dr. Steffen Preissler spoke at IFAT about “The South African market for environmental technology: climate protection, water safety and new business models”.


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

Conference / 2.5.2018

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

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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.


Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center eStandards / 23.8.2018

Focus Group “Digital Transformation of Business Models“ with companies and influencers from Lusatia


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”


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


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

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