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.