Fraunhofer IMW looks back on more than sixteen years of applied socio-economic research and experience at the Leipzig location. Originally founded as the Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe MOEZ in 2006, the reorientation of the DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 certified institute has been reflected in its new name, Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, since 2016.

Research at Fraunhofer IMW is currently organized in four interdisciplinary research divisions:

The Staff of the Institute Management, the Organizational Development and Quality Management Unit, the Administration and the Marketing and Communication Division support the scientific work as service facilities.

Research Divisions


Head of Division: Dr. Steffen Preissler

Knowledge and Technology Transfer

The division's researchers evaluate transfer objects in terms of technology, market and financing options. They bring together the supply and demand for knowledge, technologies and capital in a precisely tailored manner. They optimize cooperations with public research and development partners. The team also strengthens future competence for strategic decision-making.


Head of Division: Annegret Seehafer

Corporate Development in International Competition

The researchers of the division are strategic partners of German and European companies. The business-driven market services bundled in this division are developed for companies that have to meet special requirements in the course of internationalization processes.


Head of Division: Dr. Friedrich Dornbusch

Regional Transformation and Innovation Policy

The researchers in the division analyze, evaluate and develop instruments for shaping regional development processes and innovation policy interventions. Based on current scientific methods and findings, they support clients and partners from politics, science, society and business in the strategic planning and design of their future cooperation, transfer and funding activities.


Head of Division: Dr. Daniela Pufky-Heinrich

Economics of Technology and Management

The researchers in the division investigate the challenges of the double transformation. Using a combination of empirical research methods and mathematical, process engineering and economic simulation models, they map value creation paths and transformation scenarios and can evaluate them quantitatively, among other things.

Research Units of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Division


Head of Unit: Urban Kaiser

Innovation Acceptance


Head of Unit: Dr. Juliane Welz

Futures and Innovation


Head of Unit: Dr. Robin Bürger

Innovation Financing


Crowd Innovation: website and platform

The Crowd Innovation website offers researchers and companies a quick overview of the potential of crowd innovation for their work. Here you will find new knowledge about crowdsourcing and crowdfunding, current information about ongoing idea competitions, our idea platform and hot-off-the-press publications from the Innovation Financing Unit.

Research Units and Teams of the Corporate Development in International Competition Division


Head of Unit: Dr. Daniel Strecker

Business Models: Engineering and Innovation


Head of Unit: Dr. Agnes Vosen and Dr. Julia Busch-Casler

Digital Health


Head of Unit: Dr. Julia Busch-Casler and Dr. Agnes Vosen

Digital Health


Head of Team: Anzhela Preissler

Professional Development and Competence Management

Research Units of the Regional Transformation and Innovation Policy Division


Head of Unit: Dr. Anna Wachsmuth-Pohle

Innovation Policy and Transfer Design


Head of Unit: Dr. Benjamin Klement

Innovative Regions


Head of Unit: Dr. Karl Trela

Data Science for Innovation


Scientific library on Regional Development

In the scientific library you will find bundled
information on how research contributes to successful structural change.

Research Units of the Economics of Technology and Management Division


Head of Unit: Dr. Daniela Pufky-Heinrich

Center for Economics and Management of Technologies CEM

Branch office of Fraunhofer IMW in Halle (Saale)


Project website: Center for Economics and Management of Technologies CEM



New research unit: Data- and platform-based Value Creation

Since September 1, 2022, the team around Dr. Sebastian Haugk and Sarah Neuschl is building up the new research unit: Data and Platform-based Value Creation at Fraunhofer IMW. The group emerged from the successfully completed digital project unit: Data Mining and Value Creation.


Head of Unit: Dr. Sebastian Haugk

Data and platform-based Value Creation

Range of services of the unit

  • Data-based service and business model innovation
  • Value creation and business networks in the data and platform economy
  • Use and value of data, such as valuation approaches for data as well as analysis of data utilization potentials
  • Potential consulting of data processing methods, modeling and visualization of operational process and system landscapes and prototypical data analyses and modeling