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 28.06.2021

Dr. Julia Schmitt has been awarded with the 1stprize of the ISPIM Dissertation Award

The dissertation of Dr. Julia Schmitt has been awarded with the 1st prize of the ISPIM Dissertation Award. The ISPIM Innovation Management Dissertation Award is granted to PhD researchers that develop insights, theories, and tools to shape the future of innovation management thinking and action.

News 28.06.2021

Dr. Julia Schmitt Panelist at the ISPIM Junior Research Lab

As one of the three ISPIM dissertation award nominees Dr. Julia Schmitt was invited to the panel of the Junior Research Lab at ISPIM Innovation Management Conference. In the section Learn from the Best she discussed with current PhD students in innovation management the most controversial questions and most exciting results of her thesis as well as the hardest challenges she had to overcome during her PhD time.

News 21.06.2021

Limak Online Deep Dive „Sustainable Business and the Circular Economy“ mit Erik Hansen

Die LIMAK Austrian Business School launcht am Freitag, 25. Juni 2021 den neuen LIMAK MBA „Sustainable Business & Circular Economy“ mit dem Unternehmen das Know-How und die Kompetenzen entwickeln, die sie benötigen um eine nachhaltige Zukunft zu gestalten und den Wandel hin zu Wertschöpfungskreisläufen (Circular Economy) proaktiv gestalten zu können.

News 10.06.2021

Ferdinand Revellio bei Talking Heads

“Talking Heads – Manager vor dem Mikrofon” ist der Podcast von Business Upper Austria, der Standortagentur des Landes Oberösterreich. Im Podcast geben Branchen Kenner exklusive Einblicke in aktuelle und künftige Herausforderungen.

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

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Conferences and Seminars are a perfect opportunity to get in contact with our team. 

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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