Technology and Innovation Management

Strengthen Innovation Capabilities - Develop Technology Strategies - Enhance R&D Performance

Staying Ahead Through Technology and Innovation

Innovation is the motor that drives our economy. Companies strengthen their competitive position on the global markets by developing new technologies, products, services and processes. But new innovations don’t simply fall from the sky. Rather, they are the result of creativity, of professionalism and not least of hard work.
How can innovative power be strengthened in the long term, and how can the pace of innovation be increased? Here at Fraunhofer IAO we have found the answers and solutions you are looking for.

Benefits for you

  • The methodical know-how and extensive level of experience we can offer enables you to increase your excellence in technology and innovation management.  
  • We work with you to identify major areas of potential for optimization and to derive concrete measures for improvement.
  • You benefit from our holistic approach and our proven, efficient working method.
  • We see our role as helping you to help yourself – and a substantial element of our approach is transmitting our experience and the latest results of our research to our clients.
  • We know which measures are required to make implementation a success, and we can help you do it rapidly and with ease.

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Latest News


How do companies deal with disruption?

Often viewed as the specter of the business world, “disruption” became the Business Word of the Year in 2015 in Germany. Even so, experts are unable to agree on what the word actually means. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO is working on how companies can best be equipped to deal with disruption. In an ongoing study, it is investigating how companies handle potentially disruptive technologies.

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Gearing up for the future: Digital Business Innovation

On Thursday, June 30, 2016, Fraunhofer IAO launched the Business Innovation Engineering Center (BIEC). This initiative is designed as a platform where business and science can advance their innovation capabilities in the digitalization age. Companies are invited to take part in the network and help shape the initiative.

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Collaboration and open innovation in SMEs

Large companies are already using the concept of open innovation to great success. But what is the collaboration situation in smaller companies? Fraunhofer IAO is examining this question as part of a study entitled “Collaboration in the Area of Research and Development in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.”

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Malaysian SMEs on the way forward

Fraunhofer IAO and Malaysian research organization SIRIM have implemented a series of measures for increasing the innovative capabilities and productivity of Malaysian SMEs. On the long run, Fraunhofer Institute-style innovation centers will be built up in the Asian country.

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IP award for patent champions

At the award ceremony, Fraunhofer IAO will present a new digitalization index based on patent data