Dear readers,

the Steinbeis network plays an active role in transferring technological insight from universities and research institutes to trade and industry. Often, without the “Steinbeis concept”, these cooperative efforts would never even have got off the ground. Our aim is to minimize barriers to entry and provide professional project support and expertise exactly when it is needed as part of long-term relationships with satisfied business partners. Indeed, in business our longterm survival depends on our ability to maintain professional skills, and one our qualifications and competencies. The Steinbeis transfer center for Applied Systems Analysis (STASA) and Steinbeis Angewandte Systemanalyse GmbH subscribe wholeheartedly to this philosophy. Applied systems analysis is a holistic, systematic approach to analyzing highly complex systems based on iterative feedback processes. It involves modeling systems as simply as possible and visualizing the results – in keeping with Albert Einstein’s philosophy that, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.”

Modern systems analysis comprises activities such as data analysis, modeling, simulation, and optimization. It can be applied to almost all types of systems, from physics to biology, demographics, economics, geography, engineering, and IT.

As a member of the S4 European Network of Excellence (Spatial Simulation for Social Sciences), NECTAR (Network of European Communication and Transport Activities Research) and ERAN (European Regional Airports and Stakeholders Network), as well as our work on a large number of domestic and EU research programs, we have established an excellent position in the field of R&D.

In 2004 our STASA QC software, which was developed in house, won the doIT Software Award. This software makes it possible to optimize processes and predict manufacturing process quality online. Our goal is to exploit valuable developments from the cutting edge of research to provide customers with a head start in terms of technology know-how. Our clients gain tremendous benefit from the strengths of the Steinbeis network, as do we, the actual Steinbeis companies. How? By leveraging synergies and the solution-oriented way we work together – free from red tape.

This latest edition of Transfer, details a variety of transfer projects carried out by Steinbeis Enterprises. I draw tremendous satisfaction in knowing that these articles about the Steinbeis network might act as an inspiration to your projects in transferring specialist know-how.

Prof. Dr. habil. Günter Haag


Prof. Dr. habil. Günter Haag is managing director of the Stuttgart-based Steinbeis Angewandte Systemanalyse GmbH - STASA, one of around 750 companies in the Steinbeis network. To find out more about STASA’s involvement in the transformation of old military airports into regional airports, see: Regional Airports Interaction for Regional Development

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