The central task of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO is addressing questions of technology management. An integral approach to those questions guarantees the consideration of economic success, the employees´ interests and social consequences all at the same time.
The Institute supports companies in identifying relevant technologies and evolves for them an appropriate technological strategy taking into account their competitive environment and the market. The use of technologies for the company as a whole and in business sectors and individual projects is planned; furthermore Fraunhofer IAO develops and modifies technical systems to suit the company´s demands. The Institute plans and organizes structures that are future-oriented and meet human needs in production as well as in administrative and engineering offices of industrial and service companies.
One of the main focuses of research is the development of progressive information and communication systems. In accordance with the integral approach, the workers´ individual and social standpoints are also considered. On the one hand, this includes solving problems of ergonomic design, on the other hand, the employees must be qualified with regard to decentralized organization of work and the use of new technologies. Research projects are undertaken in close collaboration with medium-sized industrial partners or large concerns by direct order.
The Institute participates in public research programs such as »Information Technology« and »Work and Technology« of the BMBF (German Ministry of Education and Research), in European Union programs such as BRITE, RACE, ESPRIT, SPRINT, and in regional support programs granted by the government of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
The Institute has more than 260 permanent employees and over 10,500 qm of laboratory, technical department and office area.
Fraunhofer-Institut Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation
Further information: http://www.iao.fhg.de/