Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

Our Mission

At Fraunhofer IMW, our team draws from more than fourteen 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

In this process, we aim for ecologically and socially balanced and economically viable solutions with a global perspective.

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.

Range of Services


Digital Project Unit Data Mining and Value Creation

The joint project of the Fraunhofer IMW and the University of Leipzig investigates the potential for data-based value creation models in Saxony and enables the participating Saxon companies to use their data profitably by developing suitable software solutions. 


Branch office of the Fraunhofer IMW

Center for Economics of Materials

As a branch office of the Fraunhofer IMW in Halle (Saale), the Center for Economics of Materials combines materials science and techno-economic expertise, for example in technology and regulatory impact assessments or the digitalization of materials processes.



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Study / 14.3.2022

Industry outlook 2030+: Automotive with focus on Eastern Germany

The study examines the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the automotive supply industry in Eastern Germany.


Working Paper / 2.2.2022

New Work in the nursing industry

The working paper provides recommendations for the implementation of New Work in nursing homes and the care sector of hospitals.


Study / 25.11.2021

Scrap bonus explained

Every ton of carbon steel scrap used saves CO2 in production. The study examines European climate policy on the so-called scrap bonus and proposes incentives for efficient, climate-friendly steel production.


Research Project "DataLab WestSax" Opens simul+ Hybrid Living Lab

The collaborative research project "DataLab WestSax" - Future and Value Creation Lab West Saxony - a regional catalyst for data-based value creation - aims to leverage untapped potential of data for value creation purposes. Prof. Heiko Gebauer's team at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig and Prof. Christoph Laroque's team at the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences Zwickau will receive a total of 1.5 million euros in financial support from the simul⁺ innovation hub of the Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development (SMR). This will enable both private and public/municipal companies in the West Saxony region to test adapted digital technologies and data utilization processes.
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Socio- and Techno-Economic Research Strengthens SMEs in Saxony and Regions Undergoing Structural Change

On Friday Saxony's Minister of State for Science, Culture and Tourism Sebastian Gemkow learned first-hand about the institute's current research priorities. In addition to insights into projects for the development of innovative business models with companies in Saxony, the focus of the conversation was on research activities on future development paths for regions affected by structural change.
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Eastern Germany offers location advantages for the automotive supply industry despite major challenges

In the Automotive Industry Outlook 2030+, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe and the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig have looked at the German and, in particular, the East German automotive industry. The study, commissioned by the Labour and Environment Foundation of the IGBCE, focuses on the current economic importance of the industry, its future challenges, and options for action in regard to trade unions, politics, industry and the public in the region.
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Analysing the economic efficiency of transport robots

Fraunhofer IPA has developed a new, flexible transportation robot. A research team from the Fraunhofer IMW headed by Dr. Marija Radic examined the economic viability of the robot based on a life cycle cost analysis.
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Saxon Minister of Science at the Fraunhofer IMW

The Saxon Minister of State for Science, Sebastian Gemkow, will be vsiting the Fraunhofer IMW on Friday, March 18, 2022 to discuss innovative business models of Saxon companies and projects on regional development for regions affected by structural change.

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KERES project workshop: "The Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage"

The first public KERES workshop, "The Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Heritage," on October 28, 2021, will present the current state of climate research in the KERES project and how this knowledge can be applied to cultural heritage to derive appropriate conservation measures.
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Second German-Greek Workshop on Knowledge and Technology Transfer discusses transfer concepts in bilateral cooperation in research and innovation

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Second Annual Labor Policy Conference Addresses New Competences for Future Labor Markets

The second Annual Labor Policy Conference in the "Future Centers" program took place on June 22, 2021. This year, over 200 participants from across Germany attended the live stream of the digital event, which was held in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS).
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Event / 31.1.2022

Final event KResCo

We cordially invite you to the digital closing event of the Fraunhofer project KResCo (Crisis Management and Resilience Corona) on January 31, 2022.

After more than a year of research, we will present the project and the work that has taken place at the KResCo closing event in digital, free format (Microsoft Teams, in German).

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