Innovation management

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Tailor-made innovation systems for companies

Boosting a company’s innovative capacity involves more than just process optimization. Success rests far more on the successful interaction of all factors relevant to the innovation process. This often requires a willingness to strike out in new directions and to question established mechanisms.

At Fraunhofer IAO, we create customized innovation systems for companies. We help our customers by

  • analyzing and improving corporate innovation processes by taking a holistic approach,
  • developing conceptual designs for company-specific innovation systems,
  • designing thinking environments, structures and hierarchies that promote creativity,
  • facilitating rule-breaking ideas and transforming these into distinct solutions as well as
  • purposefully and smoothly establishing new processes within the company.

We use unique methods and tools developed at Fraunhofer IAO to

  • make visible current trends in relevant innovation fields,
  • identify leading knowledge carriers within and outside the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and
  • involve these knowledge carriers in the development of new product, service and business model ideas.

Do you want to remodel your innovation management? Let’s talk!

Further information


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