Innovation research for social change

The Institut für Sozialinnovation (ISInova) pursues the goal of researching and promoting social innovations. Social innovations are understood as behavioral and procedural arrangements that deviate from routines, are novel and more than minor, can occur anywhere in society and bring about lasting social change.

The Institute, founded in 2000, serves as an institutionalized forum for researching and communicating the social significance of social innovations. It closely links the research process to the consulting process. The acquisition of new knowledge in the discovery of new forms of organization and practice is conceived as a consultative intervention.

ISInova is financed by project funds from clients from public and non-profit institutions, organizations and private companies as well as membership fees.
A non-profit company was founded out of the association in 2018 to handle research projects.

Our topics


Environment, sustainability, employment, demographic change, regional development and commitment


sustainable production processes


Structural change under the perspective of "organisational learning", possibilities of intelligent failure tolerances and the transformation of disorders into the perception of opportunities