More than 200 employees – most of them from the economic, social and engineering sciences and IT technology – work together on an interdisciplinary basis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. The institute addresses planning, design and application of innovative technologies and forms of organisation. The integral view of humans, technology and organisation ensures that individual and social aspects of human workers are also taken into account.
The FIR association was founded in 1953 as an affiliated institute of the RWTH Aachen University. In line with the conceptual model of the “future business enterprise”, the development of business organisation methods and models has been its focus of activities. The institute follows a holistic concept of design and management which has always been characterised by a high degree of interdisciplinarity.
The Karlsruhe Service Research Institute is an inter-faculty and interdisciplinary institute at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) which was founded by the then university together with IBM in 2008. As a public-private partnership, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from science and industry develop concepts, methods and technologies for a world which is increasingly characterised by information and communication technologies and the services based on these. The KSRI combines economic and technical aspects in services research. In order to be able to address as many facets of services research as possible, the KSRI was established as an interdisciplinary institute in which seven different groups conduct research with a total of 40 employees.