Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

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Since 2016, the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig can look back over ten years of applied, socio-technical and socio-economic research and experience at the Leipzig location. The Fraunhofer economists develop scientifically sound solutions to the challenges of globalization to ensure the long-term success of clients and partners with a business and industry, research or society background. People, their environment and the reality of their lives are at the center of the institute's international projects, networking activities, innovation projects and 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, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, in 2015

The institute and the minds that work there have proven expertise in the fields of internationalization, innovation and technology management, innovation funding, strategy development, the knowledge economy and research marketing. Around fifty full-time employees are currently working on projects for companies, particularly small and medium enterprises, along with projects within the context of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), projects for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Foundation for the Environment).

The institute at a glance:

Press release

Expertise consolidation: Fraunhofer establishes Innovation Research Group

Socioeconomic research on sustainability at Fraunhofer IMW

Projects of the institute

Network and Cooperations of the Fraunhofer IMW

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

EU Plus: Interdisciplinary Research Partner for EU Projects


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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


Fraunhofer expert Dr. Marija Radic to present digital health project ATMoSPHÄRE at the XPOMET medical convention

As part of the interdisciplinary XPOMET© Convention, which takes place from 21 to 23 March in Leipzig and deals with digital health and high-tech medicine, Dr. Marija Radic, Deputy Head of the Division for Corporate Development in International Competition and Head of Unit for Price and Service Management at Fraunhofer IMW, will report on findings from the ATMoSPHÄRE project and other e-health research work.

Guest lecture

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.


Guest lecture on the target group specific market launching of new products

In order to position new products successfully on the market, it is a good idea to take the preferences and expectations of the target group into account at the product development stage. In her guest lecture at the Fraunhofer IMW, Professor Dr Sonja Radas, Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, will be discussing the thesis that third party preferences are a more suitable basis for target group specific market launches than personal preference structures. The guest lecture will be held in the Fraunhofer IMW conference room I from 11:15 to 12:15 on 13 February.

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.



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



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



Fraunhofer expert JProf Dauth invited to World Economic Forum in Davos

Conference / 15.9.2017

Joint conference of the Chemnitz University of Technology and the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy

Participants in the conference «Milestones and prospects of the knowledge-based economy» addressed the question and relevance of knowledge for the economy of the 21st century on the 14 and 15 September 2017 at Chemnitz University of Technology. Together with the Fraunhofer IMW Leipzig, TU Chemnitz invited experts from economic, social, historical and cultural sciences.


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.

Conference / 10.10.2017

AGENDA Conference 2018: Debate on the political agenda of the future

On October 10, 2017, top representatives
from politics, associations, think tanks,
media and NGOs attended the »AGENDA
Conference -The German Policy Summit« in
Berlin. The conference was sponsored by
the publisher of the Tagesspiegel GmbH, of
which Fraunhofer IMW is the scentific
partner. This year, the discussion included
relevent topics for policy during the next
legislative period. Keynote speakers at the
conference were Jean Asselborn, Minister of
Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand
Duchy of Luxembourg, and Annegret
Kramp-Karrenbauer, Minister-President of
the Saarland.

Conference / 6.10.2017

Financing experts hosted talks at G-Forum 2017 conference

The G-Forum 2017, the interdisciplinary
annual conference on entrepreneurship,
innovation and medium-sized enterprises,
took place on October 5 through 6. Dr.
Robin Bürger and Jens Rockel hosted the
talks ‚Crowdfunding run for small-scale
socio-political influence: A case study on
dollar votes as credible signals of
community support‘
and ‚More
transparency for investors: Development
of a cross-institute matching approach to
discuss new financing methods‘

Conference / 12 September 2017

R&D Summit in Warsaw

The R&D Summit, held annually in Poland, focuses on innovations and trends in research and development. The conference is organized by TechBrainers, an agency specializing in research and development at the interface between science and business.

Polish and international experts will discuss topics such as innovation systems, social networks in organizational culture and Blockchain. Wojciech Roskiewicz, the head of Fraunhofer IMW‘s Research and Business Accelerator Unit, will moderate a discussion panel on internationalization models.

Conference / 14.9.2017

Interdisciplinary conference invites discussion on the concept of »knowledge economy«

On 14 and 15 September 2017, experts from the social sciences, economics and humanities, along with interested parties from university and non-university research
institutions and students, discussed the concepts »knowledge-based economy« and »knowledge economy«. The Chemnitz University of Technology, together with the
Fraunhofer IMW, invited attendees to the Chemnitz-based conference. The results will be published in a conference transcript.

Board of Trustees meeting / 27.6.2017

New members of Fraunhofer IMW Board of Trustees

At the meeting of the board, which took place on June 27th, 2017 in Leipzig, Susanne Burger from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Dr. Hans-Jörg Stotz, Head of Strategy and Innovation for the Internet of Things at SAP, were appointed as two new members of the Board of Trustees of the Fraunhofer IMW.


Workshop / 31.5.2017

Indian Energy Minister informed on electromobility


Annual Conference / 30.5.2017

Fraunhofer Annual Conference 2017 in Dresden

Within the scope of this year's annual conference in Dresden, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Saxon institutes marked 25 years Fraunhofer innovation in Germany's new Länder with an interactive exhibition and a public event in the Dresden city center.

Fraunhofer Allianz Big Data / 17.3.2017

Future workshop artificial intelligence for medical biosignal processing

Workshop / 9.3.2017

Scenario Thinking Workshop, lighthouse project E³ Production



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 


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«

Interview with Erik Ackermann und Dr. Robin Bürger on »crowdFANding II – co-determination in the sports area through crowdfunding«

»We are extremely satisfied with how the crowdfunding campaign went«

Press release / 1.9.2017

Fraunhofer IMW developing data analysis software for the Tagesspiegel‘s »Politician Check«

Press release / 13.8.2017

Leipziger Fraunhofer researchers support world record attempt for crowdfunding in sport with technical assistance


Dr. Robin Bürger, Promoter for Fraunhofer Venture

Press release / 5.7.2017

Expertise consolidation: Fraunhofer establishes Innovation Research Group


Fraunhofer 2017 annual conference in Dresden

For 25 years, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has been an innovation center and employer providing technological, economic and social impetus in Germany‘s new federal states. As part of the scope of this year's conference in
Dresden, the Society and the Saxon institutes marked the milestone anniversary by hosting a public event in the city center. The participating institutes also presented 100 innovative research projects via the interactive online platform #realdigital.


Fraunhofer IMW supports recommendations for Germany's international innovation policy


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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