Welcome to the Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD) !

Founded in October 2015, the IQD is a new interdisciplinary research and teaching institute bridging management and engineering by focusing at the intersection of Quality, Innovation and the Circular Economy.

You may find detailed information about the history, vision and research publications of the IQD, as well as an overview of our lectures via the menu bar at the top of this page. 

A quick overview of our most important contact information is provided in the box to the right. Please visit our team site for more detailed contact information of our staff members.

For visitors from abroad we recommend to follow our travel guide which can be downloaded here:

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Head of the Institute

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen


Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Science Park 3, 5. Floor, Room 521-2

Office times

07.30 am - 16.30 pm
Fr: 07.30 am - 12.00 pm

Phone number:

+43 732 2468 5521


News 23.06.2020

IQD Project: Successful collaboration between student teams, IQD coaches and practice partners

On June 23rd the virtual results presentation of our practical course "IQD Project" took place. This course was offered again with Quality Austria as corporate partner. In spite of corona-related virtual teaching, the international, cross-program student teams (from Norway via France and Austria to Ecuador) were able to work in depth on three topic complexes:

- Quality 4.0 along the value chain

- Product standards in the circular economy

- SDGs and quality management

The students got to the heart of their topics with a mixture of scientific methods including interviews with company experts.  They presented their results brilliantly to members of the Management Team of Quality Austria.

The special combination of current topics from science and practice motivated the course participants to great learning success and led to very useful inputs for our foundation partner Quality Austria.

News 02.06.2020

Whitepaper „Digitalisierung“:  Qualität im Zeitalter von Industrie 4.0: Von der digitalen Produktion zum Denken in Wertschöpfungsketten

Smarte Produkte und die digitale Transformation stellen ein komplexes, dynamisches und anspruchsvolles Umfeld für Organisationen dar. Fernüberwachung oder Ortungstechnologien betreffen nahezu jede Kernfunktion des Unternehmens und die Hauptaktivitäten der Wertschöpfungskette.

News 06.05.2020

“Top downloaded paper 2018-2019“

Certificate awarded to head of IQD Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen

News 27.04.2020

Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften beruft JKU Professor

Prof. Hansen wurden zum Leiter der Arbeitsgruppe „Zirkuläre Geschäftsmodelle und digitale Technologien“ der Circular Economy Initiative Deutschland berufen.

Professor Erik Hansen - winner of the Upper Austrian Achievement Award 2017

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Integrated Quality Design Project

Students analyse the meaning of the concepts Smart Products, Materials Circularity, Products-as-a-Service, or Beyond Obsolescence, and how these trends affect corporate product development. Based on this, they develop a guideline of a new service ("Innovation Audit") on the respective innovation trend for our corporate partner Quality Austria.

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