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Special edition summer 2021

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Customer innovation

Digital methods, toolbox, and trainings for increasing customer innovation in SMEs

By Melanie Mesloh

In collaboration with seven partners from Poland, Denmark, Hungary, and Germany, the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) is working on fostering the application of digital methods for the implementation of consumer-based product or process innovations in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The activities are part of the Erasmus+ project "Digital methods, toolbox, and trainings for increasing customer innovation in SMEs" (ICIinSMEs). The aim of this three-year collaboration is to develop digitalization and innovation curricula tailored to the specific needs of SMEs. To develop tailor-made curricula, the HWWI, together with the Hanseatic Parliament (Hamburg) and the Hanseatic Institute of Management (Gdansk), is engaged in in-depth analyses of available digital tools and methods that can support SMEs to innovate.

The results of this analysis were incorporated into a survey to gain practical insights into the status quo in the companies. By mid-2021, a toolbox with methods, digital applications and processes for the SMEs will be elaborated, which will feed into specific ICIinSMEs training programs in the further progress of the project.

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Smart specialisation

EU-INTERREG project "GoSmart & Excel BSR" successfully started

By Melanie Mesloh, Jan Wedemeier

The HWWI is proud to be project partner in the INTERREG Baltic Sea Region project "GoSmart & Excel BSR", which was officially launched in April 2021.

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Urban development

CLEVER Cities Annual Assembly: Project mid-term – review and outlook

By Melanie Mesloh, Marie-Christin Rische

At the end of May, the project partners of the EU-funded CLEVER Cities project met virtually to report on the events of the past year and to give an outlook on the activities of the upcoming second half of the project.

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World trade

Trade policy as an instrument for climate change mitigation?

By André Wolf

Can tariffs make a contribution to our climate goals? Are regional trade agreements the better solution? Hopes rest on the Biden administration.


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