• Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Joachim Warschat

    Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.
    Joachim Warschat

    Head of Business Unit
    Technology and Innovation Management


    Fraunhofer IAO
    Nobelstraße 12
    70569 Stuttgart, Germany

    • Phone +49 711 970-2081

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Using New Technologies to Forge a Path to Tomorrow's Innovations

One of the essential foundations for creating a successful company over the long term is to identify technological trends from an early stage and to exploit the opportunities that new technologies offer for product innovations. However, factors such as the hugely dynamic nature of technological progress make it increasingly difficult for companies to comprehensively identify technology-related opportunities and to harness them in a goal-oriented manner. A key prerequisite for successful technology development therefore lies in the ability of an organization to rapidly and efficiently align the requirements of the market with the potential offered by new technologies and to integrate the results in its own products and processes.

The methods and organizational solutions developed in the Technology and Innovation Management business unit to improve and synchronize research, innovation and technology development processes have been shown to trigger success in the market: companies whose technology development capabilities have been properly organized achieve higher growth, increased profitability and an enhanced competitive edge.

The Technology and Innovation Management business unit focuses on the following key topics:

  • Developing and implementing innovation and technology strategies
  • Increasing organizations' capacity for innovation
  • Organizing innovation and research and development (R&D) effectively and efficiently using lean processes
  • Identifying, evaluating and exploiting new technologies
  • Setting up and supporting technology and innovation networks
  • Intellectual property: IP for innovation
  • IT support for R&D, technology and innovation management

We respond rapidly and professionally to our customers' needs by carrying out projects to enhance technology and innovation management. To do this, we draw on expertise from a wealth of research activities dealing with the development of scientifically-based innovative concepts, while also utilizing the experience we have acquired from comparable projects in which we developed application-oriented methods and tools. We are also fortunate to have access to an extensive range of research within the Fraunhofer network, which allows us to exploit specific skills and synergies.


The Technology and Innovation Management business unit is organized in the following teams:

Technology Management
In the Technology Management Competence Team, we conduct interdisciplinary research into how companies and organizations can strategically anchor the selection and deployment of new technologies within their organization and set up an effective technology management system.

Innovation Management
One of the key tasks of the Innovation Management Competence Team is to develop methods and tools that can be used to measure and evaluate the capacity for innovation exhibited by companies and research institutions.

R&D Management
The R&D Management Competence Center features an interdisciplinary team of engineers and economists who are engaged in developing solutions for the future-oriented structuring of innovation in research and development.
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