Current projects:


2015 - 2016

Success Factors of the Coordination of Strategies of Sustainable Development in the Automotive Industry





Concluded Projects:


2011 - 2012

The 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty - German-French decision-making processes and communication channels, German Federal Foreign Office / Genshagen Foundation


This two-year project will bring together about a dozen German and French scientists and think-tank employees. The aim is to analyse the implementation and effectiveness of institutional reforms initiated by the German-French Declaration of January 2003.
Results of the working group will be discussed with representatives directly involved in bilateral decision-making processes and will be published in the context of the 50th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty in early 2013. In the course of the project the working group will join for several workshops.

Partners: individual cooperation with various experts from German and French universities and research institutions as part of a permanent working group.


2005 - 2010

European Union, Integrated Project: Regional Trajectories to the Knowledge Economy: A Dynamic Model (EURODITE); Project Leader and Principal Investigator.


The significance of knowledge for economic activity has grown exponentially since the 1980s. However, there is as yet little understanding of the nature and composition of the knowledge economy, especially at a regional level. The EURODITE project addresses this deficiency by an interdisciplinary approach examining the dynamics of knowledge in the economies of European regions. This large-scale project brings together 28 partners who jointly agreed on a framework for the analysis of two major research questions: What are the different trajectories towards the knowledge economy?, and through what generative and communication pathways does knowledge ‘flow’ into and within regional economies? The analytical framework has also been developed in order to enable policy-makers to measure the intensity of regional knowledge use, and to identify ‘appropriate practices’ for different regions given their respective economic base and level of ‘knowledge development'. Complementary training, demonstration and dissemination activities are designed to ensure a high level of communication and take up and validation of the project outputs.


The specific objectives of the project are to:

  1.        Assess the current state of knowledge (its stocks and flows) in European regional economies, and to identify key trends within these and other aggregates (e.g. sectors, networks and markets, governance systems, education and science, social groups).

  2.         Produce a model of 'economic knowledge micro-dynamics' - of the interaction over time of knowledge stocks and flows amongst networks of firms and others, starting in selected sectors and regions of Europe, and observing how these interactions extend organisationally and spatially.

  3.         To use this analysis of knowledge micro-dynamics to develop methodologies and to calibrate macro-level indicators as a diagnostic tool for policy-makers, for the measurement of regional knowledge stocks and flows.

  4.         Evaluate the contribution of these knowledge micro-dynamics to macro-level regional economic and social trajectories - to their performance in productivity growth and competitiveness as well as gender equality and social cohesion.

  5.         Identify the conditions that have created the observed knowledge dynamics - including positive and negative path dependencies - in different sectors and regions across Europe.

  6.         Identify the policy levers and coordination activities available to the EU and other levels of governance to enhance knowledge dynamics and their contribution to regional development and competitiveness, economic and social cohesion.

  7.         Identify the specific gender issues generated by the knowledge economy.



Research Papers by the Munich Project Team (Selection):

Kaiser, Robert / Manuel J. Kripp (2009): Knowledge Processes Case Studies. Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Feature Film Technologies in the larger Munich Area, WP6 Final Report, Munich, March 27, 2009. 090327_WP6_Final.pdf


Kaiser, Robert (2008): Governance and the Knowledge Economy. WP2 Final Report, Munich, April 6, 2008. 080406_WP2_FInal.pdf


Kaiser, Robert / Michael Liecke (2007): Firm-level based Knowledge Biographies as an Analytical Tool for the Biotech Industry, WP2 Second Interims Report, Munich, March 2, 2007. 070302_WP3_Interim_2.pdf



Research