Business Units

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

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The main focus of research in the Business Unit Policy Design and Evaluation is on the analysis and evaluation of research, technology and innovation policy measures. We advise the German and foreign governments, ministries, the European Commission and funding agencies. Our objective is to convey the scope and impacts of government policy to decision-makers in politics and industry. In this way, we can contribute to informed, foresighted and effective action. The Business Unit is coordinated by Dr. Susanne Bührer.

Work in the Business Unit Industrial Innovation is concerned with analyzing innovation and competition strategies of manufacturing companies and their economic and political framework conditions. Topics are the diffusion and impacts of technological and non-technological innovations, the development and application of concepts and instruments to measure and assess the innovativeness and competitiveness of companies and the analysis of the interaction of actors from industry, society and politics and their impacts on the innovativeness and competitiveness of industrial enterprises. The Business Unit is coordinated by Dr. Christian Lerch.

The Business Unit Regional Innovation Systems is concerned with analyzing the structure and dynamics of regional innovation systems. We provide scientifically based analyses for measuring, recording and assessing regional technology and innovation. This is done by developing and applying various quantitative and qualitative methods. Based on improving systemic competitiveness, topics in the Business Unit include clusters and innovation networks, smart specialization, cooperation and new models of institutionalised knowledge and technology transfer, universities and regions, and general aspects of regional development based on technology and innovation. The Business Unit is coordinated by Dr. Thomas Stahlecker.

Quantitative economic and social science methods and indicators are developed and applied in the Business Unit Innovation Indicators to describe and analyse innovation systems as well as to assess their competitiveness. These allow estimates of innovation potentials, technological performance or possible future technology developments. The Business Unit is coordinated by Dr. Rainer Frietsch.