Guiding Principle

The Centre of Cooperation uses a transfer research framework that integrates experiential knowledge out of the social practice into the scientific operating process.

Transfer research is characterised by a transparent, interactive, recursive and adaptive process, in which scientific and civic agents cooperate.

Transfer research comprises three elements:

  • Inter- and Transdisciplinarity
  • Research in the Usage Context
  • Structure Formation
Inter- And Transdisciplinarity

Research cooperations are designed interdisciplinary and participation oriented (transdisciplinary), beyond the narrow domain boundaries and  including the research field.

The success of these research cooperations highly depends on the strict compliance with scientific quality criteria of qualitative and quantitative research.

Research In The Usage Context

Research projects are designed to bridge gaps between science and practice. The research takes place in the specific usage context, so that the induced insights are not decoupled of the agent's social practice.

The research process is marked by a maximum of communication and conflict competency of the involved agents. It should illustrate the applicability in the respective spheres of activity.

Structure Formation

The cooperation of research, design, further education and academic teaching takes effect beyond single projects, as structures are formed. With this we mean universities as expert organizations, as well as the special interest representatives from work and economy.

We want to enable special interest representatives to make first-hand-experieces about possible courses of actions and to proactively identify design potentials.

Our cooperation with the learning factory of the Ruhr-Univerity chair of production systems is vital. The learning factory bases on a triad of work orientation, a reflexive comprehension of theory and practice and the interconnection of science and experience orientation.