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The latest topics around research & development and fascinating news of my everyday life.

Fake News – experience report

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 2. February 2020
You will not believe what has happened to me recently. As a project manager of a large project I was on the radar of the media. The result was a text with false information that was published in a high quality Austrian newspaper. It stated that I took a false decision and made sever mistakes. […]
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Save ideas: ,Fishers of Ideas’ in everyday business

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 17. December 2019
‘They are lurking everywhere: other artists, her students. They wait and watch. Then they siphon off the ideas and painterly qualities from the artist lying flat on the ground, trying to extort what is special about her.’ That is a text from the painting ,Fishers of Ideas’ from Maria Lassnig, which was exhibited on behalf […]
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Talent Trends: Further education of the employees as a successful R&D formula

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 28. October 2019
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has recently released an interesting and extraordinary study: Talent Trends 2019. Questions like: Why do innovations of enterprises slacken? Which concerns do international CEO’s have? And which role does the further education of the employees play? were key questions. I dealt with the study in detail and would like to suggest you other […]
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External innovation consulting: Confidence – when the right person is doing the job

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 23. September 2019
In the field of research and development, external innovation consulting is always one of those things. After all, you are bringing an external consultant into the inner sanctum of your company. To the place where your products are developed, the place where the future of your company is being built. This begs the question: How […]
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R&D: Achieving success together with intrinsic motivation

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 16. September 2019
Managing people is a very exciting and multifaceted task in itself. It seems like 1,000 books have already been written on that topic. But what makes it even more exciting for me is when an innovation process joins into the mix, prompting the question: How can I manage and lead my R&D team successfully? One […]
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Making money with radical innovation

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 8. August 2019
How can you turn an idea into an innovation and then into money? Does a radical innovation automatically harbour the potential for success? In my previous projects, I have always been guided by the following quote: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and […]
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Part 3: Driving innovation, maintaining mobility

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 1. July 2019
Conserve resources and improve products – every business strives to make decisions that are as profitable and cost-effective as possible. The fact that decisions that may appear less economically advantageous at first glance can yield economic success in the long term became clear to me in my role as Managing Director of the University of […]
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Part 1: Mobility means changing location

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 29. April 2019
Just how mobile are we? And are we more mobile today than we were 200 years ago? Is there a discernible trend for the mobility of the future? Transportation and the associated infrastructure is a topic that has greatly intrigued me since my studies (mechanical engineering with a specialisation in traffic engineering and modes of […]
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From practitioner to developer

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 8. April 2019
In my last blog, I shared with you my thoughts on the literal interpretation of the German word Ent-wickeln, which means “to develop”. Today, I would like to shed some light on the requisite tools associated with becoming a developer. In this context, I will address the question of why – when it comes to […]
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How do developers develop? A lesson in German and etymology

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 27. March 2019
In this blog post from last October, I focused on the topic of training and education, examining options ranging from apprenticeship to a degree from an FH (university of applied sciences) and outlining four paths to becoming an engineer, the “developer” of the company. But what about the people who just can’t imagine themselves going […]
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Leadership: The key to navigating your spaceship

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 14. March 2019
Originally, I only planned to write two articles using Apollo 11 as an example. As it turns out, this highly successful global event also offers a third component that is particularly interesting for you as a developer, project manager, and manager. In my previous blog post, I mentioned that consistency and goals by themselves are […]
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Fill up with the right fuel for your innovation

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 19. December 2018
Human history is full of successful innovations. They include a progression of new products, services, or methods that were implemented and are still used successfully, such as the telescope, the hot air balloon, or the first manned space flight to the moon. What can entrepreneurs learn from the history of innovation? First of all, there […]
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The gamble of personnel services – worthwhile or not?

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 9. November 2018
It is no longer possible to imagine our complex business world without staffing services. In contrast to contract workers, personnel service employees are employed not at the workplace but by the service company, for the performance of work during a limited period. The contract worker, for example an engineering firm, defines a job and executes […]
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Technical education is what the country needs – but which?

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 25. October 2018
Education policy: it’s on everyone’s lips, and is currently being commented on and analysed by the nation’s newspapers. I saw this as a good occasion to add my two cents to the topic and ask myself the question: What technical education does the country need? Four ways to becoming a technician In principle, the Austrian […]
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Make or buy: how large corporate groups make decisions

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 5. October 2018
  In my last article, I described to you the contrasts between classic small and medium-sized enterprises and large customers. My conclusion was very clear: it is better to avoid these “vultures” and concentrate on your own innovative strength and partners that match your size. That is how you secure your long-term, sustainable viability. I […]
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Corporate profits: what counts for more, percentages or absolute figures?

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 30. August 2018
The scenario is nothing new: you are an SME, and you receive an invitation from a large corporation to be a supplier for a new generation of products. The potential new client has observed you on the market, and very likely knows your global company data from the balance sheets you have published. Perhaps you […]
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Part 2: The ideal manager – technician or economist?

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 26. June 2018
  The technically gifted engineer or the numbers-oriented economist – which one of these is better equipped to lead a company to success? Once again, in the second part of my series consisting of three blog entries, it’s all about the ideal manager for an SME. Have you also often wondered what kind of manager […]
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Part 1: The ideal Director for a medium sized business

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 12. June 2018
For a few weeks now I’ve been talking with one of my customers about what the ideal Director for a medium sized business looks like. Are they a bit older or a bit younger? Should this kind of business actually have several directors? And do technical experts or business people make the best managers? A […]
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Cost-saving measures in product development – assuring you of rapid success

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 15. May 2018
The highest expenditure items in technology companies tend to be personnel costs (as in every other company), but a large proportion of budget needs to be invested in product development. On this subject, my customers often put this question to me: How can you save money in development work? Does it make any sense to […]
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Product development – from F&E to success via the Patent Office

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 12. April 2018
If you follow my blog, you will know that my motto goes like this: New innovations drive proprietary technology and therefore also companies forwards. This time, I would like to address the process of development and the steps that follow thereafter. How does the patenting process run? What should you pay attention to during the […]
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Technology consulting by Dr. Pramhas – a service that pays off

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 21. March 2018
Many of my free initial consultations follow a similar course of action: Callers ask what services I provide in general and what they cost. Technology consultation, in particular, is a central issue of my work as a technologically oriented management consultant and is what gives my consultation and services value in comparison to cost. Extensive […]
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Business plan for companies – do you want to get to the top too?

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 19. January 2018
Every company needs to have one. It forms the basis of structured corporate planning and is essential for investors in the identification of financing potential. We are of course talking of the business plan. Whenever a financier takes a look at this bible of your company, a decision is taken within seconds as to whether […]
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Cargolifter – a failed piece of air travel history

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 20. December 2017
Do you remember the German company Cargolifter? By no later than 1998 the company that was planning to build a gigantic airship for transporting payloads of up to 160 tons was a widespread topic of conversation. Despite the fact that the innovative concept was an ingenious one, and although there was a clear case for […]
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Radical versus incremental innovation: The time for change is now

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 22. November 2017
Will your company still be in existence in 10 years or more? The trend shows that company owners are asking themselves this question with increasing frequency – and for good reason! All it takes is a quick look at the automotive industry to see: ongoing development and product improvement are not enough in themselves. The […]
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Investing in a company – a model for guaranteed success

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 19. October 2017
  Every day we read not only about investments that lead to enormous profits but also companies that don’t make it. Investors tend to steer clear of the latter if they realise the situation in time. Are you already toying with the idea of investing in another company, but want to minimize risk? I have […]
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R&D Power: Research funding according to the 1-2-10 principle

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 11. September 2017
Building up expertise, ensuring the continuation of the company, securing jobs – funding offers ideal opportunities for realizing these visions. Financing process optimization in your own company through grant funding may at first sound more utopian than is actually the case. Especially in the area of research and development (R&D), the market offers a variety […]
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Innovation management: Appropriate measures prevent crises

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 10. August 2017
Economics and health are two terms that we would not necessarily tie together, but there are a lot of analogies. Read more over here on how business economics and human health are connected and what we can learn from the history of the pacemaker! Take reasonable measures A small example of a comparison between people […]
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Introducing new technologies to your company: Questions, finances and funding

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 15. May 2017
A very exciting case: Not long ago, a company asked for my help. The task quickly became clear: I had to introduce new technologies to the company and establish them. One of the most important topics a company in this position must address – you can probably already guess the answer – is the question […]
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Lightweight design par excellence – the fight against kilos

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 19. April 2017
The aim of lightweight design technology is clear: maximal weight reduction should not only reduce fuel consumption and cut emissions, but above all reduce costs and increase profits in the long term. However people often underestimate the difficulty of the path leading to that goal. Let’s look at the phenomenon of lightweight design and find out about […]
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Digital Enterprise: Reduce expense, increase profit

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 9. March 2017
Process optimization is an inevitable topic in manufacturing companies in preparation for Industry 4.0. Established procedures are getting analyzed and changed, in case associated expenses and costs are too high. Sounds easy, but in fact many operations have already been in a mood of crisis because of the lack of process optimization. I will tackle this phenomen […]
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New challenges as interim manager

  • Posted by Gerhard Pramhas
  • On 7. December 2016
Everything started with an interesting call. On the other side: The general manager of a small and medium-sized enterprise, who I’ve been advising for quite some time on matters of materials as well as the optimization of production processes. The new challenge: The management of the research and development department of a company with 200 […]
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