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8th of October 2021
Innovation Circle Digital Sustainability Management
19th of November 2021
Innovation Circle Artificial Intelligence
26th of November 2021
Innovation Circle Customer-centered Business Models
3rd of December 2021
Innovation Circle Cybersecurity
The idea behind founding the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster Digital Change (BIC) is based on the fundamental conviction that the Lake Constance region, as one of the most innovative technology regions in Europe, has extensive explicit and implicit knowledge of the framework conditions, consequences and, above all, opportunities in the context of digital transformation in industry and society.
The innovation laboratory is headed by Sabine Wiesmüller (second from right). She gets supported by Lukas Törner (second from left), Alexander Shevelov (first from left) and Maximilian Heisterkamp (first from right).
Against this background, the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ of Zeppelin University | ZU is pursuing the goal of promoting the future viability of highly industrialised and highly innovative locations such as the Lake Constance region by establishing the BIC. The BIC is guided by an interest in the global challenges of progressive digitalisation and in securing ecologically and economically sustainable development in the region. The BIC brings together research institutions, technology companies and other relevant stakeholders in the region so that relevant expertise is systematically and continuously identified, focused on and made available for both regional and supra-regional economic and social benefit. The BIC complements existing formats in the region, which concentrate primarily on the technical side of digital change. We are primarily interested in the consequences of digital change for business models as well as for society and the region.
The work of the BIC is based on the extensive results of a study on the status, challenges and opportunities of digital transformation in the Lake Constance region. The study was presented at a conference hosted by ZU and SAP (Markdorf site) on September 21, 2018. Four main topics were derived from the results of the study, which will be dealt with in innovation circles of the BIC:
Artificial intelligence is a cross-industry issue that has aroused great interest among companies in the region and is regarded as the most relevant technology for digital change. However, there are very few companies in the Lake Constance region implementing and using AI at present. The consequences of using artificial intelligence for industry and society in the region are still unclear. It is therefore important to work on this topic in a targeted manner, to discuss its implications with companies and to develop scenarios for successful implementation.
KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Sabine Wiesmüller, sbnwsmllrzd
Magnus Kurz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Innovation Circles
1. Responsibility in the Introduction of Artificial Intelligence
2. Development of a Deep Learning System
3. Data Pooling for Machine Learning Projects
4. AI Collaboration Framework: Patterns and processes intended to guide in AI practices
Several companies are increasingly supporting their CSR and environmental management digitally. They use solutions that, for example, ensure compliance with environmental regulations, manage the evaluation of suppliers' social performance or collect non-financial information for their own reporting. Other examples cited by the companies include carbon-neutral mobility of employees, group-wide virtual coordination on social commitment and digital evaluation of product design in the life cycle concept.
Lukas Törner, lkstrnrzd
Dr. Christopher Köhler, chrstphrkhlrzd
Previous Innovation Circles
1st Innovation Circle: Balancing the Future
2nd Innovation Circle: Blockchain and the Circular Economy
3rd Innovation Circle: Tracing in Supply Chains
4th Innovation Circle: Hub Approaches for Sustainability Data
5th Innovation Circle: Non-financial Internal Control Systems
6th Innovation Circle: Reporting of Sustainability Data
7th Innovation Circle: Use of Non-financial Indicators
8th Innovation Circle: Digital and Sustainability Strategy
9th Innovation Circle: Digital LCAs: Product Life Cycle Analytics
Awareness of cybersecurity is growing in the companies around Lake Constance. Companies are dealing with security issues in order to be able to effectively protect customers and their organisation from the abuse of data. Data security is a central task in view of the increasing networking of systems, machines and products. One challenge is the security guarantee for the storage of customer data in the cloud and compliance with data protection regulations for customers and employees. At the same time, many companies are currently investigating the opportunities offered by data analysis and usage in order to develop new business models.
KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Sabine Wiesmüller, sbnwsmllrzd
Lilly Schröder, lschrdrzppln-nvrstynt
Previous Innovation Cirlces
1st Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Standards
2nd Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Tools - Overview, Selection Criteria and Procedure
3rd Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Crisis Management
4th Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Recovery Management
5th Innovation Cirlcle: Cloud Security
6th Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence
7th Innovation Circle: The Corona Pandemic and Topic Identification for the Second Year of Innovation Circles
8th Innovation Circle: Modern IT Security Management
9th Innovation Circle: Cloud Security
10th Innovation Circle: Cloud Transformation and SecDevOps
11th Innovation Circle: Third-Party Risk Management
12th Innovation Circle: Encryption in the Cloud
13th Innovation Circle: Information Security Strategy & Cyber-Defense
In a volatile, uncertain world characterized by change, it is important for companies to deal with the changes in the world of work. The fundamental question here is how change should be shaped in the companies in order to successfully manage this disruptive process. Due to the implications arising from this disruption, responsible managers in companies in particular are faced with new, extended challenges: They find themselves in a decision-making environment characterized by additional uncertainty and complexity which necessitates constant adaptation to new circumstances and the participation of employees. Therefore, the innovation circle, amongst others, covers the following aspects of Digital Leadership:
1. Digital Strategy: Clear objectives and strategy
2. Digital Culture: Changing the corporate culture
3. Digital Skills: Developing digital competencies
4. Digital Stakeholder Management: Leadership and (self-)organization of network players
Wolfgang Hahnenberg, Managing Director Zeppelin Lab , CDO Zeppelin Group
Previous Innovation Circles
Digital Skills: From Manager to Leader
When implementing new technologies, it is a challenge for companies to take their employees with them and train them further. Although the simplification of work processes is noticeable, there is increased demand for technology-related skilled workers. These far-reaching developments mean that companies see a need for education at all levels of the organization. It is therefore of particular relevance to train employees further, to recruit new employees and to promote awareness and participation by means of adapted, less hierarchical leadership in order to create confidence in these innovations.
Sabine Wiesmüller, sbnwsmllrzd
The BIC constitutes a network of research institutions, companies and other relevant stakeholders of the Lake Constance region, which allows for the joint development of knowledge, synergy effects and "best practice" considerations. The core of the innovation cluster is the innovation laboratory, which performs a coordinating function and is headed by a team of experts from Zeppelin University.
The implementation of a scientific evaluation study every two years on cross-sectoral and specific trends within the Lake Constance region constitutes the framework of the work of the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster for the following two years.
The BIC's conferences are the prelude to the development of thematic priorities in working groups. Together with about 100 experts, entrepreneurs, scientists and other stakeholders, a first insight on the topic is offered in keynote and workshop formats.
The topic-specific innovation circles offer space for the continuous exchange with about 20 participants over the course of a year and serve to develop a topic by the companies themselves - with the support of external experts in order to derive comprehensive recommendations for action from the holistic coverage of the field.
The overall goal of the cluster is, firstly, to establish a thematically oriented network for its members, and secondly, to jointly shape the digital transformation in the Lake Constance region. The cluster works completely demand-oriented and is thematically oriented towards the results of the biennial surveys on the implications of digital transformation for the region. After the publication of the results, the topic areas to which the companies attribute the highest relevance form the thematic basis for the work of the following two years with regard to the organisation of conferences and innovation circles. The content and operational set-up of the Innovation Laboratory and the associated Innovation Circles is thus always based on the verified needs of the regional companies.
As a network-oriented cluster, the BIC serves as a neutral platform for companies in the region to discover and use synergy effects among themselves and to understand and jointly work on the opportunities and challenges of digital change. The basic strategy of the innovation cluster is determined on the one hand by the board of trustees, which consists of representatives of the supporting companies from various industries and other players in the region, and on the other hand is derived thematically from the results of the surveys. The Board of Trustees meets twice a year in order to be able to adapt the strategic orientation to current circumstances.
The BIC is of the opinion that the ever more complex economic and social processes must be shaped by the expertise and knowledge of various actors in order to create synergies and successfully shape the digital transformation. Thus, the BIC sees itself as an independent knowledge and transfer platform, which would like to provide the neutral venue for this exchange. As a network, the BIC promotes the bundling of already existing expertise and the development of new knowledge in the field of digital transformation in cooperation with other actors and experts from business, science, politics, intermediaries and civil society.
The BIC together with the SKala-CAMPUS as a learning & exchange platform for the civil society of PHINEO has been developing a customer/learning journey within the topic area of intrapreneurship in non-profit organizations since last year.
Wirkung Hoch 100
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Stifterverband, the project "Wirkung Hoch 100" was launched to network Germany's pioneers and help their ideas achieve a breakthrough. The mission: Together instead of side by side. The Lake Constance Innovation Cluster is part of it. For its anniversary initiative, the Stifterverband is working with ProjectTogether.
Cooperation and networking are becoming core competencies in times of digital transformation.
Prof Dr Josef Wieland, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the BIC
The Lake Constance region is a four-country region consisting of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Lake Constance thus separates and unites political, social and economic areas. From a political perspective, the Lake Constance region offers diverse opportunities for cross-border cooperation and networks across political systems: the border region thus becomes a real laboratory for multinational cooperation.
In addition, the Lake Constance region as a knowledge region is home to a total of 29 higher education and research institutions, which are linked together under the umbrella of the International University of Lake Constance (IBH). This largest European university association enables intensive transnational research and transfer projects, which will also benefit the companies in the region. After all, it is these companies within the Lake Constance economic area that have been responsible for the enormous innovative power of the region for years. Here, too, the relevance of the cross-border and often intensive interlinkages and cooperations is evident: On the one hand between companies themselves, on the other hand between companies and their environment such as scientific or intermediary institutions.
This innovation system of the region is also supported by a broad corporate structure and industry structure. In addition to a large number of small and medium-sized companies, some of which are undoubtedly hidden champions, the Lake Constance region is also home to an impressive number of major international corporations. This economic ecosystem with its enormous innovative power is unique in this form and must be further strengthened in the future.
A retrospective report of the opening event of the Innovation Circle Cybersecurity on the 25th of January 2020 may be found here
The archive of the LEIZ may be found on our Resources Website
ManagerSeminar Regional portrayed the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster in January 2019: Download
Prof Dr Wieland is Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also advises the management of the Cluster and the Innovation Laboratory as scientific mentor of the project.
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Dr Brand is responsible for managing the Innovation Cluster. Please contact Dr Brand if you are interested in becoming a founding member of the BIC.
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Ms. Wiesmüller studied International Business with a focus on Compliance Management and Intercultural Management in her Master in Germany, Indonesia and Mexico. During and after her studies she worked in various management consultancies before she started her doctoral studies in 2016 in the field of business ethics and AI Governance in cooperation with the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics. Since 2018, she has been head of the BIC's Innovation Laboratory and, as a founding member, has accompanied the project from the very beginning.
As head of the Innovation Laboratory, she coordinates the internal processes of the project, the development of the content of the cluster and the innovation circles, as well as the publication of the biennial surveys.
Mr. Köhler studied a master's degree in political and administrative sciences with a focus on management and quantitative methods in Konstanz and Bern. He then worked as a data scientist in the field of process mining. Since 2017, he has been working on the digitisation of SMEs as part of his doctorate. In addition, he has already led several research projects on digitisation and innovation issues.
Within the BIC, Mr. Köhler is responsible for the deputy operational management of the Innovation Laboratory. Furthermore, he is the contact person for its national and international networking and the preparation of scientific studies.
Lukas Törner is doing his doctorate at the interface of his fields of study - environmental sciences, e-business and management - on software systems in sustainability management as a scholarship holder of the German Federal Environmental Foundation.
At the BIC, he was initially involved in the 2018 survey on digital change in the mechanical engineering, automotive and IT industries and headed the cooperation management. Since the scholarship, he has headed the Innovation Circle Digital Sustainability Management. Lukas Törner is doing his doctorate at the interface of his fields of study - environmental sciences, e-business and management - with software systems in sustainability management as a scholarship holder of the German Federal Environmental Foundation. He heads the innovation Circle Digital Sustainability Management.
Christina Schwarz is studying for a Master's degree in General Management at Zeppelin University and, as an Innovation Manager within the BIC, is responsible for supervising the Digital Leadership Innovation Circle. After completing her Bachelor's degree in European Studies at the University of Passau, Ms. Schwarz gained professional experience in various corporations with a technical focus in the area of interorganizational change management.
Bianca Orels is in her second Master's semester of General Management. Through various internships, Ms. Orels gained extensive knowledge with regard to the areas of digital transformation as well as in the creation of concepts for management development. She also worked on a research project on the effects of digitalization on the automotive industry. As Innovation Manager at the BIC, Ms. Orels is responsible for the development of digital training concepts and the management of the BIC's social media channels.
Ms. Schröder is in her fourth semester of a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Politics & Economics at Zeppelin University. As an intern, she worked for a strategic communications consultancy where she focused on the topic of cybersecurity. Based on this interest, Ms. Schröder is responsible for the operational management of the Cybersecurity Innovation Circle within the BIC.
Ann-Christin Vorbeck is enrolled in the two-year master's program in Corporate Management & Economics. During internships at internal and external consultancies and through various projects in her bachelor's degree program, she has gained in-depth experience in digitisation and transformation. Within the BIC she is an Innovation Manager for Digital Sustainability Management.
Ms. Höfer is in her second bachelor semester of Politics, Administration and International Relations at Zeppelin University. Due to two stays abroad in other European countries, she has international knowledge competences with regard to economic, social and political interdependencies within the Eurozone. With her employment at the BIC, she therefore combines research approaches relevant to political science with the real economic practical activities within the BIC. Ms. Höfer is in charge of a cooperation project regarding intrapreneurship mechanisms in NPOs and is also responsible for the area of communication and design.
Mr. Magnus Kurz is studying Corporate Management & Economics with a focus on Leadership & Relational Societies and Family Business at Zeppelin University. Prior to his master studies, Mr. Kurz earned a bachelor's degree in Economics at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg and completed a vocational training as a financial assistant. As part of an international scholarship, he also had the opportunity to work in a German/Israeli team on an innovation challenge in the areas of digitalization and Industry 4.0. Mr. Kurz is also the founder of his own start-up in the field of E-health and was thus also part of the BadenCampus Start-up Accelerator. Within the BIC, as Innovation Manager, Mr. Kurz is responsible for the supervision of the Innovation Circle Artificial Intelligence.
Paik Hemprich is studying Corporate Management & Economics in his sixth semester at Zeppelin University. With his own start-up experience as well as professional experience in business design, Mr. Hemprich has numerous competencies with regard to the main topics of business model innovation and entrepreneurship.
Stella Sak is within the last year of her bachelor studies in Politics, Administration and International Relations at Zeppelin University. Besides her studies, she is voluntarily active within the board of an internationally operating NGO and therefore has diverse experiences in working together in international and intercultural teams. Furthermore, Ms. Sak has diverse competencies in the further development of innovation and education management within companies and NPOs.