The Future of Work: Shaping and Networking



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Research field: Supporting SMEs in the implementation of their digitisation strategy by means of networking and science communication with accompanying research in occupational science and sociology

Number of partners: 3

Project duration: 5 years

Funding Organisation: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


Aim of the Project

WissProKMU supports and investigates collaboration in and between 26 collaborative research projects from the BMBF funding line Future of Work - SMEs: Innovative and Social. The STO's research focuses on the formation of personal collaboration relationships within and between the collaborative projects.

Research Object and Vision

The partners in each of the 26 collaborative research projects are organisationally independent, spatially distributed and heterogeneous. The diversity and independence of the partners simultaneously offers special potential, because partners can complement each other innovatively, as well as challenges, because coordination between the partners is particularly difficult. Against this background, personal collaborative relationships between the partners have proven to be a decisive factor for success. Using qualitative and quantitative methods and a longitudinal approach, the STO is investigating the formation of these relationships in order to identify factors and practical measures that promote the formation of personal collaborative relationships and thus long-term project success.

Project Partners and Funding

Within the framework of the project we cooperate with the following RWTH institutes:

This research and development project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the programme "Innovations for tomorrow's production, services and work" and supervised by the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA). The responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the author.

All further information on the project and the persons to be contacted can be found on the project website.