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Sustainability incubators

A coordinated collaborative approach towards sustainable manufacturing amongst small and medium-sized enterprises
: Kohl, H.; Orth, R.; Galeitzke, M.

Seliger, G. ; TU Berlin, Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen- und Fabrikbetrieb -IWF-; Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionsanlagen und Konstruktionstechnik -IPK-, Berlin:
11th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, GCSM 2013 : Innovative Solutions; 23rd-25th September, 2013, Berlin
Berlin, 2013
ISBN: 978-3-7983-2606-4 (Abstracts)
ISBN: 978-3-7983-2607-1 (CD-ROM)
ISBN: 978-3-7983-2608-8 (CD-ROM)
Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing (GCSM) <11, 2013, Berlin>
Fraunhofer IPK ()

Combining the strength of small and medium-sized enterprises to operate and innovate in networks and the guidance of a sustainability incubator is an application-oriented solution to the described mission to progress the sustainable development from the private sector. The beneficial framework conditions for the enterprise network and the direction predetermined by the objective of the sustainability incubator are an initial step towards this imperative. Supporting the small and medium-sized enterprises of the manufacturing sector is an essential economic policy to underline the sustainable development of almost any economy. The provision of education, employment and economic added value are substantial contributions of these enterprises. The knowledge of the enterprises and thereby the capabilities of the personnel within the network are utilized to create services and products in an effective and efficient way enabling the increase of sustainability performance of the individual enterprises. The strong and innovative network that is coordinated by the sustainability incubator benefits of the systematic management of the success factors and their utilization and gains potential to increase its innovation activities in regard to environmental and social determination factors. The division corporate management of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) has gathered experience in both the provision of knowledge management solutions as well as the research regarding knowledge management in networks to increase sustainability. Furthermore the development of new methodologies for the measurement and evaluation of the sustainability performance of SME is an essential aspect of its research and development activities. As part of the future research, a case study with a network of collaborating SMEs is intended that utilizes the learning about small scale enterprises and incubators, the strategic and implementation planning of science and technology parks as well as the comprehensive understanding of national innovation systems.