|Cologne Institute for Economic Research|
|founded in the year||1951|
|address||Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 21, 50668 Köln|
|founder||Arndt Günter Kirchhoff|
|number of employees||350|
|Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties).||Austerity politics|
The Organizational Structure is build upon 5 building blocks:
Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) and its Research Units: Knowledge generating unit (conducting research, processing data)
IW Akademie: "collaboration between the IW, the University of Cologne, the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and the Bonn Rhine-Sieg University. It offers both executive education seminars on solving the conflict between capital and conscience and a parttime course for graduates of all faculties leading to a master’s degree in Behavioural Ethics, Economics and Psychology."
IW Consult: "service provider for commissioned research and consultancy. Working at the interface between research and practice, our consultants develop strategic solutions for companies, regions, business associations, government ministries and nonprofit organisations."
IW JUNIOR: "is our specialist for addressing a younger target group. School projects impart knowledge of business and economics to a new generation and offer them first-hand experience of running a business. IW Medien offers communication and PR services. Our journalists, PR consultants, designers and internet specialists develop innovative solutions for partners and clients from business and business associations."
Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 21, 50668 Köln
People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).
People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)
Experts are not permanently employed at the Think Tank. They are paid for contract research when their expertise is needed. Some Think Tanks call a database of hundred or even more experts their own.
Mission Statement: "The Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) is the private economic research institute in Germany. The Institute and its subsidiaries combine research, consultancy and communication services to provide convincing solutions. We believe in Germany’s socially responsible free market economy. We are advocates of a liberal economic and social order. We work to improve understanding of how business and society function and interact and by doing so contribute to sustainable growth and long-term prosperity".
Working Mode: "Our studies, projects and policy recommendations are methodically and empirically sound, socially relevant and state-of-the-art. Our consultancy and communication services are client-oriented, creative and customised to their target group. We combine our scientific expertise, consulting and media skills to create innovative one-stop solutions for our members and clients. Our work is addressed to policy-makers, the general public, business and the scientific community."
We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.