25.03.2019

Innovation Labs: Designing Digital Working Environments

ESB researchers and company representatives work on solutions for the future of work

Forscher der ESB Business School führen derzeit Innovation Labs durch, bei denen sich Firmenvertreter experimentell mit dem Thema „Digitalisierung der Arbeitswelt“ auseinandersetzen.
Forscher der ESB Business School führen derzeit Innovation Labs durch, bei denen sich Firmenvertreter experimentell und kreativ - wie hier mithilfe von Legosteinen- mit dem Thema „Digitalisierung der Arbeitswelt“ auseinandersetzen. / Researchers at ESB are currently implementing twelve innovation labs in which company representatives take an experimental and creative approach to tackling the topic “digitisation in the working environment“ – as above with the help of Lego bricks.

Veronika Waldenmaier

A lot of companies are addressing the question as to what the digital transformation means for their working environments. As there are no standard answers, the companies need to find their own, innovative solutions. To do so they receive support from ESB Business School.

Researchers at ESB are currently implementing twelve so called innovation labs in Baden-Wuerttemberg. As part of this series of workshops, company representatives take an experimental and creative approach when addressing the topic of “digitisation in the working environment”. The format is directed at specialists and managers from different companies and industries in the administrative regions of Stuttgart, Tübingen, Freiburg and Karlsruhe. The innovation labs are implemented in cooperation with “familyNET 4.0“, a pilot project funded by the Ministry of Economy, Employment and Housing in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

“The aim of the series is to build up knowledge about a corporate culture that is conducive to innovation and geared to different life phases with digitised forms of working and learning. Moreover, we teach innovative creativity methods”, ESB Professor Arjan Kozica explains. At ESB Business School, Professor Dr Kozica is managing the research project DigiTraIn 4.0, which deals with instruments for the successful transformation to Work 4.0. For the implementation of the innovation labs he and his team colleagues Dr Daniel Thiemann and Veronika Waldenmaier draw on sound empirical knowledge from their research project.

The first four innovation labs took place in October 2018. “By means of the creativity method ‘Lego Serious Play’ we got the participants to work on the topic ‘Leadership 4.0 and virtual teams‘“, reports Veronika Waldenmaier, explaining: “It was about using LEGO to find solutions creatively and playfully for how leadership in the digital age and virtual teamwork are developing and how they can actually be designed in the real world”.

In February 2019 four other innovation labs took place with the motto “Learning Organisation – development of a new willingness to learn”. “With the help of the creativity methods ‘brainstorming’ and ‘mind-mapping’ we established together with the participants what needs to change on the basis of the digital transformation in the organisation – for example corporate culture, leadership, rules and competences. Moreover, we discussed how the different elements are connected. Over and above all this was the question of how change can be achieved by learning“, summarises Dr Daniel Thiemann.

In May 2019 four more innovation labs will take place. “These are dedicated to the development of a working hours model geared to different life phases”, reveals Professor Dr Arjan Kozica.

For further information on the innovation labs visithttps://www.familynet-4-0.de/#c6935 (in German)

For further information on the Digitrain 4.0 project visit http://digitrain40.de/ (in German)