Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle

_Gemeinsam digital

About the Project

The Research Group IT-Entrepreneurship at the Hasso Plattner Institute supports the digitalization of small and medium sized companies as part of the “Mittelstand 4.0” Competence Center Berlin and its project "_Gemeinsam digital." The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the initiative “Mittelstand Digital.”

Within the scope of the project, small and medium sized companies from Berlin and Brandenburg can

  • receive information,
  • benefit from workshops and training, and
  • participate in implementation projects.

Furthermore, small and medium sized companies that have not yet dealt with digitalization are being made aware of that topic. All offers of the Competence Center are free of charge for the participants.

Our Focus at '_Gemeinsam digital'

The project team has developed a self-assessment tool for small and medium sized companies with which they can assess their digitalization level. Companies can examine aspects such as their processes, their business model, and their organizational culture regarding their level of digitalization and its implementation. Upon completion of the assessment, they receive a report about their level of digitalization including a benchmark of organizations of similar size from the same sector. The tool also makes recommendations for actions based on the self-assessment results. By reapplying the tool, companies can check the success rate of the measures they have implemented in between the assessments.

Besides the assessment of the level of digitalization, the project team is responsible for the evaluation of all measures offered by the Competence Center. Conducting interviews is the basis for the continuous improvement process and allows for an adequate alignment and advancement of the recommended measures. Furthermore, the interviews are important to allow for an estimate of the effectiveness of various offers. The digitalization of small and medium sized companies should be tracked in the long term and the observed changes should be associated with the effectiveness of the project.

Moreover, the project is responsible for the topic “Human Resources and Organizational Development” and offers digitalization support with regard to topics such as recruiting, employer branding, organizational development, and transformation management.

The “Mittelstand 4.0” Competence Center Berlin is a project conducted by a number of partners with the aim of helping with the digitalization of small and medium sized companies. The project partners are:

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft gGmbH
  • Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft e.V. (Konsortialführer)
  • Hasso Plattner Institute, Unviersity of Potsdam
  • Technische Hochschule Brandenburg

Do you have ideas, questions, or suggestions for us? Would you like to contact us? The project team is looking forward to entering into a dialogue with you.

Please visit the homepage of the project for further information: www.gemeinsam-digital.de