• 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

Nanotechnology in Hessen
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We engage in a wide variety of research projects to develop and test new methods and innovative procedures for technology and innovation management. Many of our projects are commissioned by funding partners such as the European Union, the German federal ministry of education and research (BMBF) and the Land of Baden-Württemberg. We use the results of these research activities to enhance the work we perform on behalf of our customers.

We are currently engaged in numerous areas of research, including the following:

Networking and open innovation
With increasing global competition in ever more closely-linked markets, the pressure is building on companies to provide new, better-quality and increasingly customer-specific services in shorter and shorter time frames.

Many companies are still failing to tailor their products to the specific needs of individual customer groups, even though there is no longer any doubt that men and women, young and old and people from different cultures rate the benefits of many products in entirely different ways.

Technology foresight and technology adaptation
In virtually all branches of industry, technological skills and the deployment of new technologies are crucial factors that help companies to maintain a competitive edge. Regardless of whether the technologies form part of the products themselves or are required for their production, a company's capacity to innovate in this area is directly linked to its ability to develop itself – or sometimes even to stay in business.

Emerging Technologies
The projects we carry out for public-sector and industry clients require us to conduct global searches for technology trends in order to identify new technological developments.

IT tools and search tools for technology management
Forward-looking technology management requires a continuous deployment of personnel and resources.

Value creation architectures / business model innovation
Success in the marketplace is not solely dependent on the development and implementation of technology. It is equally important to design business models that are tailored to the technology involved in each case.

R&D of the future: trends, challenges and opportunities
The very best ideas, concepts and products do not come to maturity by being left »on the back burner«, but rather through constant exchanges with other company departments and with entities outside the company itself.

Collaborative Engineering and Product Lifecycle Management 2.0
Fast-changing competitive conditions in global markets increasingly call for cross-company collaboration between partners, customers and suppliers.
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