Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

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Dear clients, customers, partners, colleagues, due to the current situation the institute will be closed for visitors from Wednesday, 18.3.2020. We are continuing our research. Our staff is working and can still be reached by telephone and e-mail.

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Study "Foresight Fraunhofer"

For this study, future trends for applied research were derived as strategic knowledge for potential technologies and social challenges.

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

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crowdfunding campaign started

The Fraunhofer IBP crowdfunding campaign has started. Accompanied by the Fraunhofer IMW. Until April 8, 2020 you can enable 16 young restorers* to participate in the #PSPPSummerAcademy & support the preservation of our cultural heritage. Curious? #Bepartofit

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 the knowledge economy under a new name in 2015, becoming the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW.

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Fraunhofer IMW researchers co-author a study on digital business models in China and Germany


SPARCS project officially launches

The SPARCS project, a smart city initiative that brings together 31 partners, officially kicked off on October 1st, 2019. The project will provide systematic support for urban transformation and community engagement in two Lighthouse Cities - Espoo (Finland) and Leipzig (Germany). Fraunhofer IMW supports the participating cities in the development of a guide with tools and procedures to foster social empowerment of citizens and relevant stakeholders.


Interview with Dr. Juliane Welz, Annamaria Riemer, and Inga Döbel

Spotlights of Tomorrow: The project "Foresight Fraunhofer" identifies future trends for 2030

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Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

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