Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2011 (Revised March 2012)

Fraunhofer: Innovation in Germany

by Diego A. Comin, J. Gunnar Trumbull and Kerry Yang


Fraunhofer is one of the largest applied research organizations in the world. With 17,000 employees and a 1.6 billion euros budget, Fraunhofer has 60 institutes in Germany that cover most fields of science. The case examines the consequences that Fraunhofer has for the competitiveness of the German economy. It also explores whether the organization of R&D is affected by the size distribution of firms as well as by institutions in labor and financial markets.

Keywords: Economy; Entrepreneurship; Financial Markets; Government and Politics; Labor; Markets; Outcome or Result; Research and Development; Competitive Strategy; Germany;


Comin, Diego A., J. Gunnar Trumbull, and Kerry Yang. "Fraunhofer: Innovation in Germany." Harvard Business School Case 711-022, March 2011. (Revised March 2012.)