In order to keep the German economy internationally able to compete, small to medium-sized companies (SMEs) have to be encouraged and supported in their ability of innovation.
The prerequisites for innovations are wide-range educated people who, according to their individual abilities, have the best development opportunities in a company where they are allowed to evolve creatively. Therefore, the choice of the optimal workplace determines the exploitation of innovative potential for each of us.
Our idea is to simplify the search and help potential workers (pupils, students, graduates …) with the search for the future optimal workplace. Thereby we can promote their perception of medium-sized enterprises and start-ups as employers and present these as an attractive alternative to large-scale companies regarding their career.
The website is based on a network of all national, small to medium-sized enterprises and start-ups which allows cross-linking between the companies and enables the users of the website to get in touch with the companies of their interest. Users get the chance to apply to the prospective employer directly and also receiving offers for internships (for interested students) as well as invitations to career fairs- linked to specific job offers- where companies can illustrate the opportunities for the professional development to the interested parties. This makes our idea go beyond already existing internet offers (for example, the IHK or the employment agencies).
This way, less well-known and less well-established companies can be found easily and present and advertise themselves in order to attract interested future workers who want to give preference to a smaller company because they see the possibility of decisively being able to bring the company forward with their abilities.
In order to focus the promotion of the innovative performance of medium-sized companies or start-ups, a defined turnover value has to be defined, which prohibits the companies overstepping this limit of being included on this website. This has to be assessed in a sector-specific manner.
A close link between this website and all employment agents (e.g. work agencies, …) or study advisors and counselors as well as the involvement of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), the Chamber of Crafts and professional providers of workshops, fairs, etc… in order to present the innovative possibilities in medium-sized companies Is absolutely necessary from our point of view.
On the basis of these considerations, it is essential to be supported by state funds for all the professional structures that serve the acquisition of innovative future workers for medium-sized enterprises and the promotion of the implementation of their innovative ideas (e.g workshops, fairs)
Broadband expansion is also of particular importance, seeing as a strong Internet connection would make “home office” become a real alternative for interested applicants of smaller companies, which would otherwise be less attractive to their potential employees.
In summary, with our thinking approach, we are promising a better distribution of innovative workers and so reducing dependence on geographic location and economic performance of small- and medium – sized companies.
Through close networking between SMEs, start-ups and potential workers, the ability to innovate is promoted on the basis of long-term contracts and the establishment of a trusting relationship between the employer and the (potential) employee. This leads to an increase in satisfaction in the work environment, which is a fundamental prerequisite for a healthy work environment.
Ass. Jur. Isabell Wehinger
Leiterin Referat Berufsbildung und Fachkräftesicherung
Industrie- und Handelskammer Region Stuttgart
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Technological progress through innovation is probably the most important driving force of the productivity (and in turn welfare) growth of developed economies. An example of such technological progress is named Moore’s Law. Moore’s Law states that the computing power of new computer chips doubles about every two years. This exceptional technological performance has been observable for more than 50 years now and represents an impressive example of exponential growth (exactly 35% per year) of our technological opportunities. In the more recent past, however, this exponential growth could only be maintained through a massive increase in expenditures on research and development (R&D). The graph below illustrates the phenomenon: the largest semiconductors manufacturers (Intel, Samsung, Siemens, etc.) needed to increase their R&D expenditures by nearly 80% over the last 45 years to maintain Moore’s law.
In this project, the social chances and risks of different national innovation strategies are to be compared and discussed, in order to derive recommendations for future political action.
How can (and should) policy react to the decreasing returns to R&D? Should the trend towards more specialisation be actively encouraged – so that at least parts of the companies and regions will remain internationally competitive in the future and will be able to compete with the USA or China? Should research and development and the foundation of start-ups be particularly promoted in a few promising sectors? Should curricula of schools and universities be aligned with the needs of innovative industries? Alongside opportunities, such a strategy also entails major risks. What would it mean, for example, for the equality of opportunities between sectors and regions and, above all, for the people working there? And how would we determine which technologies are worth being promoted? Or should policy rather try to counter the growing specialisation in the economy in order to ensure the equality of opportunities – for example, by particularly supporting the weakest sectors and regions? Is the best policy response possibly “Trumponomics”? Namely, that we close ourselves off from international markets in order to escape the growing competitive pressure for the best ideas in the world?
The topic “National Innovation Strategies” was proposed by researchers of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The YES!-teams are supported by the researchers Florence Blandinieres, Paul Hünermund and Martin Murmann.
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