Developing strategies for knowledge intensive organizations

Knowledge production is rapidly changing under the influence of emerging global challenges, shifts in financing, new knowledge production and valorization models, technological developments and talent requirements. It is key that knowledge intensive organizations – be it privately or government-funded – adjust their strategies accordingly.

shiftN has significant experience in working with research organisations to develop or update their mission, vision, strategy and research model. We use future scenarios and applied systems approaches to support these processes.

shiftN has also experience in helping new research units (emerging in response to new disciplines, or established as a result of internal reorganisation) conceptualise their remit and opportunity space.


Discovery Department UCB Pharmaceuticals (Braine-l’Alleud): establishment of an information management function (2005)

Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO, Merelbeke): establishment of new Social Sciences Unit (2007)

Proefcentrum voor Biologische Teelt (PCBT, Rumbeke): review of strategy and internal organisation (2008)

Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO, Brussels): establishment of new unit ‘Ecosystem Services’ (2010)

Department of Agricultural Economics (UGent): review of strategy and internal organization (2011)

A related project is the development of an agricultural research agenda for Flanders with a time horizon of 2020 (Witboek Landbouwonderzoek, 2010; client: Platform for Agricultural Research Flanders).

shiftN has also developed customised learning games for scientists focused on the disciplines of data visualisation and statistical thinking (client: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Beerse).

We also have experience in setting up and supporting Open Innovation Labs consisting of multiple R&D and New Business Development partners.

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