Social, Organisational and Technological Innovation

Innovation research at the IAT analyses innovations in distinct sectors and spatial contexts. Following a broad understanding of innovation, subject of research are social, organisation as well as technological innovations, which are frequently also integral part of all innovation processes. The spectrum of methods applied ranges from secondary data analysis, for example, in form of patent analysis, to process-oriented, quantitative and qualitative survey (e.g. Innovation Biographies). Innovation stakeholders, networks and innovation systems, drivers and barriers of innovation (diffusion) processes, the role of sectorial and spatial contexts are of central interest, just as governance structures and new business models.


Boosting the Impact of Social Innovation in Europe through Economic Underpinnings

SIMPACT with its 11 partners from nine European countries advances understanding of social innovation’s economic dimensions, creating new concepts, models and instruments for policy makers, innovators, investors and intermediaries.


Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change

The SI-DRIVE project is a research project implemented in the 7th EU Framework’s sub-programme “Socio-economic sciences and the humanities” (SSH). The proposal addressed the call for Theme SSH.2013.3.2-1: “Social Innovation – empowering people, changing societies?”. Its main focus is an extension of knowledge about social innovation (SI) in three major directions: