FRAUNHOFER INSTITUTE

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The basis for all work undertaken at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) and its partner, the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT), is a deep conviction that business success in a globalised arena is contingent on an ability to profitably leverage new high-tech potentials. In order to optimally exploit these opportunities, companies must be capable of developing and implementing customer and employee-oriented technologies faster than their competitors. Work organisation concepts must be simultaneously innovative and anthropocentric.


A systematic design, in other words, is the outcome of pooled management and technical expertise. The Institute's approach to technology management therefore also integrates aspects like business process management, organisational development, innovation management, research and development management, product design, human resources management, human-oriented quality management, and work and workplace design. This holistic perspective when it comes to project processing ensures that equal consideration is given to commercial success, employees’ interests and social consequences.

Through its close cooperation with the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT) of the University of Stuttgart, Fraunhofer IAO unites basic university research with applied science and business practice.

A team of some 200 staff – mainly engineers and information, economic and social scientists – are engaged in interdisciplinary collaboration at Fraunhofer IAO and IAT under a common Institute management. More than 10,500 square metres of modern offices, laboratories and demonstration centres are available to carry out contracted research.

Directly commissioned research projects are embarked on in a tight partnership with small and medium-sized industrial enterprises as well as large corporations. The Institutes additionally participate in public research programmes funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the European Union as well as regional programmes coordinated by the Baden-Württemberg State Government.

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