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.
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 ...
Supernodes in the dHealth Network
The dHealth Network is a decentralized blockchain based on NEM's open source technology and primarily designed for the healthcare market (specifically the pharmaceutical industry). As part of the network, the operation of a supernode will be enabled by ZHAW. Such a supernode is already used by the Blockchain Center ...
Decentralized Registration and Trading Platform for Emission Certificates
The Fair Recycling Foundation is involved in refrigerator recycling and operates a refrigerator recycling factory in Cabreúva (Brazil), which extracts toxic CFCs from old refrigerators and destroys them in an environmentally friendly manner. If these refrigerators were disposed of and destroyed in normal car ...