Organisational Development and Work Design

Bringing people, technology and organization into harmony

Our goal is to stimulate innovation, adaptability, performance and well-being in order to make organizations and their employees successful over the long term. At Fraunhofer IAO, we help businesses and public bodies design their work organization and practices in flexible, agile ways. To this end, our permanently up-to-date technological expertise is combined with the latest findings from the organizational and social sciences. Complemented by our broad consulting know-how, we ensure successful change management.

Our key research topics:

  • Flexible and self-organized forms of work
  • Ambidextrous organizational models
  • Virtual cooperation and user-oriented IT design
  • Management concepts and systems in the era of digital transformation
  • Innovative environments for office and knowledge work
  • Cognitive working and living environments



Future Meeting Space

The “Future Meeting Space” innovation network was created to anticipate trends in the events industry, evaluate their possible impact, and recommend courses of action. 


Future Museum

oday’s museum visitors are looking for a memorable experience. Museums form part of an ecosystem that is evolving dynamically on the back of digital transformation and societal trends. Technological developments are giving museums new tools to entertain and reach out to their visitors, allowing them to present information in more interactive, intuitive and exciting ways.  


Permutations of flexible living and working (LAIF)

People’s working lives have been growing more flexible for many years, to the extent that the restriction of fixed hours and a fixed place of work is becoming a thing of the past. How and to what degree does this trend affect workers’ private lives and the much-vaunted “work-life balance?”  


HR departments and works councils – accelerating the Industrie 4.0 transformation

Developing guidelines and a workshop concept to make the digital transformation a collaborative effort in each company 


Organizing an Industrie 4.0 company

Survey and communication of good-practice cases on the leadership and organization of small and medium-sized enterprises in Baden-Württemberg