The Institute for Organizational Viability (IOV) sees organizations as organs and tools of society that contribute to a sustainable world worth living in. Organizations are social or socio-technical systems and places of human collaboration. Through its activities, the IOV contributes to the socially responsible shaping of this collaboration through structures, people, and alignment.
To achieve its aims, the IOV is oriented towards three strategic focal points, which are essentially built up and established through application-oriented research, but also through continuing education and service projects:
- Governance structures and control systems
- Organizational learning- and change processes
- Organizational culture and mindset
Our research serves to describe and explain organizational forms, the behavior of people in and around organizations, and the development of organizational design principles. This contributes to a broader picture of organizations as components and players in society and the environment. This is in line with the ZHAW principle of contributing to a sustainable society. Through these focal points, the IOV positions itself as a partner for internationally connectable, practice-relevant research and development.
ACTS - Agroforestry Carbon Token System
Agroforestry has significant benefits for climate change mitigation and sustainable agroecosystems. For its valorisation as climate protection project, a new carbon certification scheme that allows continuous accounting of the CO? removed by biomass carbon on a blockchain system is developed. ...
DAO Radar Switzerland
The goal of the DAO Radar is to provide a comprehensive and insightful analysis of the Swiss DAO ecosystem. Through research, data analysis, and expert contributions, this report aims to increase transparency, promote understanding, and facilitate informed decision-making for stakeholders, including founders, ...
DAOify - Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)
In the world of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), there is a significant entry barrier due to the disconnection of legal and technical setup which results in high friction and high costs. Even the most affordable and transparent legal solutions for establishing a DAO as a legal wrapper can cost upwards ...
The MetaRoom project is about an innovative solution for businesses to participate in the future of e-commerce and online engagement. The tool enables existing websites to be transformed into immersive 3D spaces where users can meet to discuss a common topic and interact with products and services. By using ...
Age Diversity Practices in Companies in Switzerland
Demographic change has led to a change in the age structure of many companies in recent years. The issue of age diversity has gained importance in Switzerland, as age diversity in a workforce can lead to many opportunities but also challenges. Active management of age diversity can be of lasting benefit to ...