Under the umbrella term Industrial Management, the FIR carries out application-oriented research in the fields of business organisation and corporate development. With a focus on the available standard IT solutions, the FIR is concerned with service management, information management and production management. Each area is dealt with by a special team. However, there is close interaction between the departments, which leads to interdisciplinary research results that are promptly put into practice.
The FIR supports the “Joint Industrial Research” programme (IGF) by the AIF. The programme’s objective is to compensate small and medium-sized businesses (SME) for their structural disadvantages in the area of research and development. Due to their size they are often unable to finance research contracts with external research institutes or to have a research department of their own.
With the help of the “Joint Industrial Research” programme, SMEs can solve their common problems with joint research activities, carried out mainly by higher education institutions and business-oriented non-profit research organisations. This is highly efficient since similar research interests are being bundled pre-competitively while risks are being shared. In addition it enables a large amount of medium-sized businesses to benefit from research results that they could not have achieved on their own.