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Digitization

Digitization is penetrating all areas of life and networking people, machines and processes. This is creating immense opportunities for the German economy.

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In Germany, it has triggered a profound structural change in all areas of the economy and society. This digital transformation holds enormous opportunities, and they must be exploited - including, but not limited to, the automation and networking of value creation processes under the buzzword Industry 4.0. Autonomization in particular, i.e. enabling machines to organize, repair and optimize themselves, opens up extensive opportunities.

The prerequisites for digital transformation are nationwide high-speed networks and an unbureaucratic and capital-rich innovation environment. Employees also face challenges: Companies must identify the new requirements for employee qualifications and train employees accordingly. In addition, companies, especially from the SME sector, must drive digitization more strongly in their own operations, for example by refining their business models and developing new ones, for example in cooperation with startups. On this page you will find various topics and current studies from the field of digitization.

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Digital Innovation for Decarbonization
Hubertus Bardt Event 3. June 2022

virtual symposium: Digital Innovation for Decarbonization

Cracking the „twin challenge” of digital and green transformation could have a huge impact on future energy supply and decarbonization. Our experts will show the potentials of digital innovation along the entire value chain, from energy production to a circular economy.

IW

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Adriana Neligan / Rupert J. Baumgartner / Martin Geissdoerfer / Josef-Peter Schögg in Business Strategy and the Environment External Publication 23. May 2022

Circular disruption: Digitalisation as a driver of circular economy business models

New circular business models can evolve at all stages of the life cycle of a product. Digitalisation can drive disruptive innovations, new business models and novel ways of collaboration and thus can accelerate the economic transition to more ...

IW

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The framework companies really need for data sharing
Vera Demary IW-Policy Paper No. 2 16. May 2022

The Data Act: The framework companies really need for data sharing

On February 23, 2022, the European Commission presented a proposal for the Data Act. This regulation is intended to regulate access to and use of data in the European Union in the future.

IW

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The Productivity Effects of Capital Formation in Germany
Michael Grömling IW-Trends No. 2 9. May 2022

The Productivity Effects of Capital Formation in Germany

Despite broad-based digitalisation, productivity advances in Germany in recent years have been considerably lower than in previous decades. This paper conducts a growth accounting which points to steeply declining stimuli from technical progress and especially ...

IW

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Hubertus Bardt Event 3. June 2022

virtual symposium: Digital Innovation for Decarbonization

Cracking the „twin challenge” of digital and green transformation could have a huge impact on future energy supply and decarbonization. Our experts will show the potentials of digital innovation along the entire value chain, from energy production to a circular economy.

IW

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Digitalisation as a driver of circular economy business models
External Publication 23. May 2022

Circular disruption: Digitalisation as a driver of circular economy business models

Adriana Neligan / Rupert J. Baumgartner / Martin Geissdoerfer / Josef-Peter Schögg in Business Strategy and the Environment

New circular business models can evolve at all stages of the life cycle of a product. Digitalisation can drive disruptive innovations, new business models and novel ways of collaboration and thus can accelerate the economic transition to more resource-efficient and circular production systems.

IW

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The framework companies really need for data sharing
IW-Policy Paper No. 2 16. May 2022

The Data Act: The framework companies really need for data sharing

Vera Demary

On February 23, 2022, the European Commission presented a proposal for the Data Act. This regulation is intended to regulate access to and use of data in the European Union in the future.

IW

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The Productivity Effects of Capital Formation in Germany
IW-Trends No. 2 9. May 2022

The Productivity Effects of Capital Formation in Germany

Michael Grömling

Despite broad-based digitalisation, productivity advances in Germany in recent years have been considerably lower than in previous decades. This paper conducts a growth accounting which points to steeply declining stimuli from technical progress and especially from capital formation.

IW

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An Empirical Stocktaking
IW-Trends No. 1 19. April 2022

Data Management by Companies in Germany: An Empirical Stocktaking

Jan Büchel / Barbara Engels

Companies that exploit their own data can use it to analyse and improve their business processes and thus improve their results. Firms can also benefit from using data jointly with other companies.

IW

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