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New Tech & Disruptive Technologies

A consortium researches disruptive innovations

Although radical and disruptive innovations can help make companies successful, their emergence is difficult to grasp using traditional methods. A consortium now wants to find the best practices for developing such innovations.

18 Jan. 2018

The nine-month project is scheduled to start on February 15 under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and the Machine Tool Laboratory of the Rhineland-Westphalian Technical College in Aachen (RWTH); industry partners are still welcome to join. Among other things, the researchers want to find out what role new innovation environments such as incubators, accelerators, or innovation labs play in the emergence of disruptive innovations.

The consortium raises questions of its own and draws attention to special challenges. The research partners will use these in a Europe-wide benchmarking study. On the basis of the study’s findings and personal interviews, companies whose approaches provide particularly good answers to the questions are selected. Detailed case studies are then created and, in the end, the companies with the best approaches are recognized as “successful practice companies.”

In September, French President Emmanuel Macron was already thinking even bigger. In a speech, he called a “European Agency for Disruptive Innovation” a possible means to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in the digital age.