Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research

Understanding Change - Shaping the Future

As a competent partner with a unique combination of socio-economic as well as socio-technical research, the Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research supports actors from politics, industry and science. By founding the new group, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft aims to further expand its role in the field of researching and accompanying innovation systems and processes and the technological, economic and social developments that flank them.

In a first large-scale project, the Group is supporting the newly launched Research Fab Microelectronics Germany (FMD). In this initiative, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding eleven Fraunhofer and two Leibniz institutes with around 350 million euros in order to bring together technological capabilities for future-relevant topics in a joint technology pool. As part of its accompanying socio-techno-economic research, the group supports the large-scale project in the design and implementation of an efficient organizational form and a suitable research and innovation strategy.


Joined Forces - Socio-economic and Socio-technical Research

On July 1, 2017, the Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research was founded by four research institutes. In their competencies, the partners complement each other in order to gain a holistic view of innovation systems: The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart contributes its expertise on system optimization of human resources, organization and technology, looking in particular at the company level. The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe focuses on the macroeconomic level with its expertise in the design and identification of innovation systems. The Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig addresses the international perspective and contributes its expertise in the field of socio-economic research, while the Fraunhofer Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT in Euskirchen focuses on technology foresight and analysis as well as strategic research planning. With the Fraunhofer IRB from Stuttgart, an institute is now added that, among other things, focuses on the transfer and utilization of research results.


Impulse Paper “Understanding Change, Shaping the Future”

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