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IQD team and students visit Voestalpine - How does Voestalpine cooperate with stakeholders in the context of sustainability? - 12.5.17

Together with students from the course Sustainability Cooperation & Networking" (Master General Management), the IQD team visited Voestalpine AG headquarters on 11.05.17 to learn about stakeholder dialogue and cooperation from the perspective of the world's leading speciality and quality steel producer. The meeting took place at the visitor centre "Voestalpine Stahlwelt" in Linz, Austria. The centre includes a science and technology museum that gives interesting insights into the industry. The corporate presentations were delivered by Dr. Christoph Angermayer (Deputy Head of Strategic Environmental Management), Matthias Pastl (Head of Corporate Communication), and Claus Geiger (Strategic Environmental Management)...


Guest Lecture from University of Cambridge at IQD on 4th of May - 8.5.17

Dr. Frank Tietze, lecturer for technology and innovation management and lead of the Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) research group at the Centre for Technology Management and Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at the University of Cambridge, hosted a guest lecture on "Open and closed intellectual property models for accelerating sustainability transitions" at the IQD on the 4th of May.

Dr. Tietze's research focuses on innovation at the intersection of management sciences and business (micro) economics. He contributes mainly to two areas: Innovation and Intellectual Property (IP) Management as well as Innovation processes for Product-Service System (PSS). With his research he also aims to contribute to a sustainable living.


Students of IQD attend 23. Quality Austria Forum in Salzburg - 20.3.17

A group of students attending the course Integrated Quality Design: Project (590006) participated at the "23. Quality Austria Forum: Future in focus - Leading the future" in Salzburg on 15th of March 2017. More than 750 visitors came together at the forum and watched attentively presentations of leading experts on topics like the challenges of digitalization, quality management in an uncertain world, global megatrends, the digital enterprise, and the relevance of circular thinking and agile decision making.


IQD team visits Entrepreneur.Base new lab “Open.Base” - 13.2.17

Entrepreneur.Base has set up a new open space “Open.Base” for idea generation and creativity at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. The space is available for students, workers and alumni of the university and offers a wide set of materials like lego, markers, magnetic and writeable surfaces, coloured papers, plasticine and more, for effective and creative team work and idea generation.

For further information visit Entrepreneur.Base


Open Position in Sustainability, Innovation and Quality Management - 1.2.17

The Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD) at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our team.The IQD conducts interdisciplinary research and teaching at the interface of Sustainability, Innovation and Quality Management for developing knowledge for the management of (closed) product life cycles – using concepts such as Sustainability-Oriented Innovation, Circular/Cradle to Cradle Design, Product-Service Systems, Business Models und Management Systems. IQD has recently joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Circular Economy initiative.

Read the full description in ENGLISH here and GERMAN here


Business simulation course “NaPuro” (Sustainable Cleaning Robots) takes place for second time - 16.12.16

The business simulation course “NaPuro Planspiel”, led by Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen, took place for second time during the winter term 2016/17 (13 to 14.12.2016) at the facilities of the IQD. The simulation was facilitated by Dr. Markus Ulrich (UCS Ulrich Creative Solutions) and Dr. Daniela Schrack (Institute for Environment in Companies and Regions, JKU). Master and PhD students from different disciplines participated in pair teams and engaged in the management of a fictitious company in the “cleaning robots” industry...


Gastvorlesung: "Product-Service System Development Method in the Context of Sustainable Development" - 7.12.16

Susanne Heinz ist Advanced Track Design Thinking Facilitator der School of Design Thinking am Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Potsdam. Sie betreut Projekte bei Unternehmen und Organisationen. Aufbauend auf der Coachingtätigkeit und qualitativer Forschung im Rahmen der Masterarbeit entwickelte sie im Team Design Thinking weiter, um die Verbreitung von Circular Economy durch nutzerzentrierte Produkt-Service-Systems-Entwicklung voranzutreiben...


IQD organises 11th Research Colloquium on Innovation & Value Creation at the JKU - 27.11.16

More than 50 researchers from Germany and Austria attended the 11th Colloquium on Innovation & Value Creation 2016 organised by the Institute for Integrated Quality Design on 24, 25 and 26 November 2016 at two locations: the Tabakfabrik Linz and the Johannes Kepler University Linz. 36 PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers presented their research in topics as Open Innovation, Sustainability Innovation, Industry 4.0, Business Model Innovation, Co-creation and value creation...