Innovation research is addressing the challenge to make the regional systems within business, industry, society and governmentmore innovative and competitive, especially by maximizing their innovation potential. One central role in our innovation research approach is the extensive linkage of actors within innovation ecosystems through establishment of quadruple helix clusters/networks.
This interconnection allows the development and implementation of new participatory methods and tools to engage end-users – as well as citizens – in innovation processes.
Innovation is a participative process and involves the actors from society, business/industry, government and academia. The digital innovation hub on Business Intelligence & Intelligence fosters the active dialogue with and among these groups. On regular intervals, we organize and conduct workshops and stakeholder dialogues on technology and digitalization to discuss the impacts for society, business/industry and environment.
We are Schumpeterians! Centre to our thinking is Schumpeter’s dynamic entrepreneur. This entrepreneur is in continuous motion and creatively deconstruct established equilibriums. Schumpeter’s dynamic entrepreneur shows skills that “rationalistic” managers do not have: he/she is restless and continuously searches for opportunities, he/she is dynamic and energetic and able to awake (artificial) needs and demand in the market.
An equilibrium – a static situation of management – never not exist for such person. In tailored events, workshops and seminars, we transfer this distinct skills of this entrepreneur our stakeholder groups: students and professionals from business/industry and academia.
Technology impact assessment is a strategic instrument of a system’s research and technology policy and is used to identify innovations.
Its task is to identify development paths of technology as early as possible, to consider innovation systems holistically and to evaluate future technology trends and technological discontinuities. It is an approach to support political, economic, social, environmental and political systems with regard to technical and technological progress.
In addition to the scientifically oriented analysis, an externally directed discourse must also be supplemented – without, a technology impact assessment would be a „largely non-binding element of a self-exploration of technology and science“.
Related to Grundwald (2010), within our approach, we differentiate between classical technology impact assessment (focus solely on technology) and participative technology impact assessment (focus on the inclusion of external stakeholders) and constructive technology assessment (continuous processes to analyze and evaluate the status quo) and the vision assessment (used, if no concrete system developments are not predictable).
In our approach, technology impact assessment should also assess the desired and undesired consequences of technology, the challenges, opportunities and risks, with the aim of increasing the rationality of decisions.
Innovation research focuses on Urban Innovation ecosystems for companies (project URBANINNO), innovation in public procurement and Smart Government ecosystems (Smart Government Akademie Bodensee) as well as technological innovation for SMEs (multi-project programme IBH-Lab KMUdigital – initiated by the International Lake Constance University network IBH as a cross-regional Iab)