Institute for Innovation Transfer and Project Management (IFI)

Address Friedrich-Engels-Str. 88
D-13156 Berlin
Main Director Manfred Schönebeck
Telephone +49 (0) 30 499 19 499
Fax +49 (0) 30 499 19 490




Olaf B. Tietz, Director of Economics and Finance
Tel. +49 (0)30 499 19 499
Hans-Dieter Chemnitz, Director Research and Innovation Processes
Tel. +49 (0)30 / 57 70 10 98-7
Dr. Rolf A. Müller, Director Methods and Fundamentals
Tel. +49 (0)174 / 94 94 957
Fr. Ute Gallmeister, Director Business Studies
Tel. +49 (0)30 499 19 200
Dr. Yihong Hu, Director for Vocational Education Research
Tel. +49 (0)30 499 19 499
Fr. Beth Sibly, Deputy Director of Economics and Finance
Tel. +49 (0)30 499 19 151



The Institute for Innovation Transfer and Project Management offers the following services:

  • Professional support from  innovation development to innovation transfer and implementation
  • International project management and intercultural competencies, especially in China, USA and Germany
  • Research and evaluation studies
  • Method development and application
  • Interaction and communication design
  • International transfer of educational concepts
  • Expertise in innovative study formats for further education

The Institute focuses on the success factors of innovation processes and their design at the individual, organizational and societal level. Of great practical importance is the mediation of different perspectives between the various players involved in the innovation process. Years of experience with innovation projects have taught us that innovation barriers are often caused by differences in terminology and misunderstandings between industry and research. International experience in project management enable focused implementation whereas cross cultural competence and economic expertise contribute to success.

The interdisciplinary team at the Institute consists of psychologists, economists, lawyers, IT specialists, engineers and journalists: committed, experienced and creative and if necessary able to think out of the box.


Actual Projects

Implementation of the Situational Approach in further education

Within the project scope of the Carl Benz Academy in Beijing, China innovative study formats are developed and the Situational Approach is further developed and transferred so that it also fits further education.

Research and implementations in the field of communication & interaction

A team of formerly researchers of Daimler AG develops applications, which visualise complex correlations in easy and understandable ways through interactive tools. This allows improvements in human communication through the internet and mobile devices; independent of location and time.

Furthermore tools for cooperative learning are developed. The place of learning and situations from the living and working environment are taken into account. Based on the situational approach different tools are developed which

  • Support detecting, collaborative learning,
  • Allow instant inclusion of the living and work environment
  • Promotes delight in Learning trough adaptivity to learning preferences.

For a prototype application please see „App in die Geschichte“.

Transfer of German educational research to the development of the Chinese Vocational Training System

In 2012 the IfI started an exchange program with Chinese vocational schools and technical colleges. Emphasis is on the professional exchange between Germany and China in the area of dual vocational education & training as well as the further education of management personal.


Academic members of the institute:

Jutta Benz, Mannheim
Dr. Claudio Funke, Publicist, Kassel
Konrad Hochhold, IKD-Partner, Johannesburg, South Africa
Astrid Landero, Paula Panke e.V, Berlin
Dr. Olaf Mehlmann, T-Systems, Berlin
Inge Mesterharm-Dähne, Krossover, Berlin
André van Niekerk, Ph.D., Dean, School of Business, Woodbury University, Los Angeles
Stefanie Schulz, Lawyer, Berlin