Markets, Industries & Value Chains
Technological, economic and social change is reconfiguring industries and markets: Challenges such climate change, the ageing of society, scarcity of resources, accelerating information and communication technologies that require new solutions. The IAT researches industries and value chains in its international and regional localisation. This is based on the fact that despite advancing internationalisation and globalisation, companies are often firmly rooted and embedded in the region. To this end, regional networking and the role of value chains in regional innovation systems are in the limelight.
Furthermore, it is apparent that companies with their innovation activities increasingly cross industry lines and established product markets. Such trend can certainly be attributed to the transversal character of many new technologies as well as to the entrepreneurial engagement on markets that are societal demand-driven. New cross-industry fields of action, distinct forms of cooperation and new products blurring establish boundaries are, thus, central subjects of research.