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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Schimpf

Germany – (still) a global player of innovation and disruption?

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“Observing, understanding and recombining things that at first glance seem unrelated – that’s the best way to innovate.”

Today we welcome Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Schimpf from the Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research. Sven has long been passionate about everything future-oriented and is particularly enthusiastic about supporting companies in the implementation stages of innovation.

In this episode, Sven unpacks two current studies that can hugely inspire innovation and wannabe Innovation Rockstars. The impulse paper “Understanding Change, Shaping the Future” provides a glimpse to the future of the German innovation landscape, while the Disruption Field Study addresses the question of how disruptive Germany really is.

Sven also outlines why he believes that it is becoming increasingly difficult for Germany to keep up with the pace of innovation compared to other countries, but also why the topic of innovation needs to be embedded more firmly in our learning culture if we want to remain one of the major innovation players in the future.

Related links:

Impulse Paper “Understanding Change, Shaping the Future – The Five Theses on Innovation in 2030”:
https://www.innovationsforschung.fraunhofer.de/content/dam/iao/innovationsforschung/documents/Fraunhofer-INNOVATION_Innovation2030_EN.pdf

Disruption Field Study: http://publica.fraunhofer.de/eprints/urn_nbn_de_0011-n-5721488.pdf