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The VolkswagenStiftung and the Ministry of Education and Culture of Lower Saxony support a new research project at the Universities of Osnabrück, Oldenburg and Lüneburg. How can different actors, such as companies, consumers, citizens, associations and legislators, be actively involved in the development of a sustainable consumption of information and communication technologies? This is only one of the questions that will be addressed by the new research project involving the corporate network ERTEMIS.

The scientific collaborative project „sustainable consumption of information and communication technologies in digital society – dialogue and transformation through open innovation” will be supported by the VolkswagenStiftung for 39 months. Seven research groups of various disciplines at the sites Osnabrück, Oldenburg and Lüneburg are involved and have been granted a total of 1.77 million Euros. The research project concentrates on the question how social, economic and ecologic problems resulting from ICT use can be solved by open innovation. The ecological consequences of our “digital life” are closely connected with the social changes through segregation in (virtual) communities as well as new business models and value-added networks. In order to sustainably shape the interaction between the involved actors, the research project adopts an approach by opening innovation processes (“open innovation”). The aim is to actively integrate different actors (companies, consumers, politics) in the development of more sustainable products, services, business models and legal frameworks.

Contact Information:
Prof. Dr. Frank Teuteberg (Project Coordinator)
University of Osnabrück Accounting and Information Systems
Phone: +49 (0)541 969 4961
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