PRODISYS – Engineering of Production-Related Service

Service systems enable manufacturing companies to interlink and coordinate processes and thereby open up new value creation opportunities in the light of digitization. PRODISYS examines how already existing service systems in the manufacturing sector can be designed in practice.
In a sub-project, CLIC plans and implements service systems with potentials for new forms of value creation and develops techniques for assessing and measuring the productivity of these solutions.

PRODISYS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 02K16C054).

PROFUND – Process-oriented configuration of value creation in textile networks for mass customization in

The aim of the project PROFUND is to create an appropriate network structure for the development of customized technical textiles in a cross-company network. This network structure aims at enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to make optimal use of their resources in networks for mass customization along the textile value chain.

By exchanging and processing information on customer requirements, preliminary products and manufacturing processes in the form of development data and by means of configuration tools, development orders can be processed faster and more cost efficiently. Besides, customer requirements in the B2B segment are highly diverse and complex. The question of how these needs can be addressed efficiently in the value co-creation process has remained unanswered in research and practice. In the project, CLIC will focus on the design and implementation of suitable configuration tools to support the individualization process.

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 03ZZ0604A).

TACIT – Teaching and Coaching Innovation/Entrepreneurship

The TACIT Knowledge Alliance project with a duration of 3 years will provide Europe’s higher education and economy with a profound open-source toolbox and robust methodology for teaching innovation effectively. The aim is to develop and test mechanisms to build implicit knowledge in individuals, enabling them to apply innovation and entrepreneurship successfully and thus support change in their organizations. One of the core project results will be a certified training course for higher education and education of practitioners.

TACIT is co-funded by Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Peter Pribilla

The foundation supports science, research, and academic teaching in the field of innovation and leadership. Since the official inception of the Peter-Pribilla-Foundation at the beginning of the year 2006 a network of excellence has been developed, whose members meet several times a year. The activities of the foundation enhance the development of personal contacts between business people and academics. Futhermore the ambition is to publish a specific selection of reports, highlighting promising new ideas in the context of innovation and leadership.

The Peter Pribilla Foundation is joint project with the Technische Universität München.

Completed Projects

futureTEX Basis Project Mass CustomizationBasis Project MC

The Basis Project Mass Customization (MC) seeks to close the research gap regarding mass customization on business markets. The focus is on the growth market Technical Textiles. The goal is to investigate the key elements of introducing MC on B2B-markets for complex products, considering MC-based business models, the strategic development of MC-related competences, and technological prerequisites of MC. The textile industry as well as companies from other sectors benefit from these findings. Thereby, the project supports the development of small and medium-sized textile enterprises in Eastern Germany towards sustainable and customer-centered value networks.

The project futureTEX is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 03ZZ0604A).


The research focus is to shed light on the collaboration of cyber-physical systems and people (S-CPS). New S-CPSs are developed to facilitate and support services which accompany industry production, e.g. reparation or maintenance work, which affect or interrupt regular production. The project aims to identify and analyse productivity relevant factors for service operations to allow effective and efficient service operations, by respecting local and technical conditions, e.g. wind energy production industry. The project is part of the overall initiative “Industry 4.0” financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

S-CPS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 02PJ4026).

The aim is to concept, develop and realize a model for the export of the German apprenticeship and vocational training system which is specifically adapted for automotive suppliers in Tunisia. In the medium and long term the sustainable export of the German apprenticeship and vocational training system to countries like Tunisia is the main objective. The project shall enable vocational schools to spread the concept of BRIDGE in the long term in Tunisia (formation professionnelle). Furthermore, the development of a Web 2.0 based platform, which is connected to a viable business model, is an integral part of the educational concept. This Remote Service concentrates on providing required contents.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and PT-DLR, Project Management Agency(Grant Code: 01 BEX03A 12). TANDEM

The project TANDEM deals with consequences and opportunities to advance the innovativeness of companies in the context of demographic change in Germany. In particular, the research project focuses on how older employees can be increasingly integrated into the entire innovation process. For this purpose, new methods and tools for open innovation are designed, implemented and evaluated with groups of employees which span all ages of the workforce.

TANDEM is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 01HH11091).

The project focuses on the conceptual development of a cross-university master program Innovation Management in collaboration with European and Tunisian institutions. By introducing a completely new program that is adapted to the cultural and economic requirements of Tunisia, DICAMP contributes to the modernization of study programs and curricula at Tunisian universities. The project aims to continue the program beyond the project lifetime as well as to apply to an internationally reputable accreditation institute for the certification of the master program.

The project is funded by the European Union (TEMPUS-Program: 517066-TEMPUS-1-2011-1-DE-TEMPUS-SMHES)


Focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises specialized in mass-customization and personalization services the joint project KUMAC aims to enable these enterprises increasing their productivity and competitiveness. These improvements should support the innovativeness in the field of mass-customization and personalization in a sustainable way.

KUMAC is a joint research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) embedded in the development programme “Innovations with service” (focus: “Productivity of service”) (Grant Code: 01FL10071).

ServProd focuses on the theoretical, methodological as well as the empirical underpinnings of service productivity and the design of new models, concepts and measurement instruments to fill the huge knowledge gap that this research topic is facing right now. ServProd is designed as „Forschungswerkstatt“, i.e. an interactive research lab which consists of different workshops: theory, empirical research, methodology and publications. Cross-disciplinary workshop meetings are being held on a regular basis.

ServProd is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 010FL09008).

The aim of ServProf is the establishment of a sustainable innovation culture in service by utilizing the spare potentials in professionalization and design, broader and more precisely. The efforts in doing so are summarized by the term “professional service work”. Skills, professionalism, commitment, appreciation and pride carried by the employees in the service sector are central aspects in this context affecting both the ability for innovation as well as the quality of services.

ServProd is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) (Grant Code: 01FB08044).

Pro Care Career

Pro Care Career aims to optimize the permeability between professional and academic qualifications in both the elderly and medical care sector. In the center is a transnational as well as national improvement of specialized staff supply in the care professions. The results developed in the project are meant to ease the transfer of activities from the professional training into activities with academic qualifications.

Pro Care Career is funded by the European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme as a LEONARDO DA VINCI measure. (Projektnummer: DE/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/147 436)


Aiming at the development and usage of successful service innovations the project “Dienstleistungsweltmeister Deutschland” (service world champion Germany) hosted a series of events dealing with this issue. Eight events tried to reveal those dimensions of service innovation which are particularly relevant to success. The publication “Service Made in Germany – A Travel Guide” was created in the course of this project.

“Dienstleistungsweltmeister Deutschland” was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 01FD0702).


SPRINT is a project in the field of hybrid value creation concentrating on the development of a systemic design schema for the integration of products and services. It aims to provide methods, models and tools to design hybrid products systematically. Pilot projects are undertaken in the realm of sports, health and fitness and enable the participating enterprises to become solution providers.

SPRINT was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 01HH11091).


The main objective of GENIE is the identification and management of success factors for collaborative innovation efforts among German software companies. It focusses on the successful installation and management of innovation communities which include key stakeholders such as customers, future employees (students), research and project partners. The collaborative work done in these communities online and offline should ideally turn into prototypes which are the basis for innovative new products.

GENIE was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) (Grant Code: 01FM07028).

The main focus of Open-I concerns the development, installation and evaluation of a management system in order to increase the intra-organizational ability of open innovation. In doing so the project adopts the change in the field of economics from “closed innovation” to a model of “open onnovation” and deals with innovation activities within the companies. Besides Open-I focuses on the integrative design and evaluation of technological components (innovation platform), individual motivators, and a leadership-supporting measurement system.

It is a joint research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) (Grant Code: 01FM07053).

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