Innovation – How is novelty successfully introduced to the world?

We study the behavioural patterns of people who successfully generate and manage innovations, the characteristics of organizations that provide optimal conditions for innovation, and the business environments in which innovative organizations operate. We enable executives to put our research findings to use in order to generate successful innovation, to manage development, to secure legal protection, and to exploit the innovation’s full potential.

Process innovation and flexibility management in automotive industry supply chains

Process innovation is a significant lever in improving supply-chain competitiveness. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) promises great potential; however, a systematic perspective of the possibilities and challenges of innovation in supply chains has been lacking in the automotive context up to now.  Additionally, in structuring supply chains, businesses must resolve the fundamentally conflicting goals of cost efficiency and (expensive) flexibility to position themselves competitively in the market. Flexibility remains a central source of leverage for facing uncertain market developments and disruptive changes in particular. This research project studies the relevance and value add of process innovations and the structuring of supply chains in terms of flexibility aspects, using the automotive industry as an example.  

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