Corporate Development and Work Design

Future oriented corporate development, design of productive work environments, interconnect processes efficiently

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Harmonizing people, technology and organizational strategy

Our goal is to anticipate and develop innovative working and living spaces that stimulate innovation, performance and well-being. At Fraunhofer IAO, we help companies and public institutions make their work and organization agile and flexible. We combine our up-to-date technological expertise with the latest organizational and social-scientific insights.

Our key research topics:

  • Business and organization models
  • Work design for production and office environments
  • Flexible work styles and collaboration
  • Leadership concepts and systems
  • Production work in Industry and Business 4.0



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 Work Lab

Where is work headed? On the factory floor, but also with regard to processes and services, digitalization is raising many new questions. Headed by Fraunhofer IAO, the newly opened “Future Work Lab – an innovation laboratory for work, people and technology” offers innovative approaches and answers.



The MyCPS research project aims to develop and carry out initial testing of systematic methods for the practical migration of human-centered digitalized production processes towards becoming cyber-physical systems (CPS).


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?”


PreVilog: Healthy intralogistics jobs

The PreVilog project kicks off with development of a novel monitoring system that visualizes non-ergonomic stresses in specific contexts that pose short-term and long-term hazards to an employee’s health. On the basis of the monitoring data collected, project partners can then define approaches, models, and methods that promote phases of stress and relaxation in accordance with proper ergonomics and preventive health care.


Rokoko: human-robot collaboration

There is a growing demand for direct human-robot interaction without safety barriers, especially on mixed assembly lines for multiple product variants. The aim of the Rokoko research project is to develop and test methods and tools to support the safe use, cost-effective deployment, and general acceptance of robots in collaborative assembly environments.