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.
Institute for Organizational Viability Projects
Build-Your-Own DAO – Designing and Implementing a Decentralized Autonomous Organization
In this project, a DAO design reference model is elaborated and the necessary elements and functions are implemented as templates based on a blockchain. With this, organization based on computer code can be controlled and managed without central management or employees.
RightFootForward – Innovative business model with the possibility to donate based on blockchain technology
In this project, we will help an international innovation team to develop a web3-based business model where for every skateboard sold, two more are donated to a charity project. The buyers of the skateboards can choose between the different donation projects and therefore receive an NFT token with their purchase. ...
A Governance Framework for the Swiss Blockchain Ecosystem
This study intends to provide initial guidance on how to develop a blockchain governance framework for practical use scientifically. The framework will enable business to expand its services to organizations operating in the still growing Swiss blockchain economy. To this end, the study aims to outline a possible ...
Blockchain Technology in Interorganizational Collaboration
The term ‘Blockchain Technology’ is currently a buzzword and is not always clearly defined. Different stakeholders have a different understanding of what it is and how it can be applied for fostering and enhancing the collaboration within business networks and ecosystems. Currently, we would define ‘blockchain’ as a ...
no1s1 - A house owned by no one but itself
The project enhances Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) and supports practitioners in the design and implementation of DAOs. For the first time, a DAO owning physical (and not only digital) assets is studied. For this, the No1s1 prototype is built – a physical space that owns and manages itself over an ...