Equipment and Methods

Equipment and Methods

In addition to secondary research, the applied methods of primary data collection stretch from expert interviews to elaborate online surveys or focus group discussions. The methods of quantitative data analysis comprise secondary data analyses, uni- and multivariate statistical analyses and complex econometric simulation models. The qualitative methods aim to facilitate uncovering hypotheses and solution approaches for problems.

 

The team structures its expertise into four topics:

 

 

Marktorientierte Technologiebewertung

 

Mit der Technologievorausschau wird ein Verständnis wechselnder Umgebungen und Technikfolgen entwickelt um Barrieren und Anreize zu identifizieren, welche den Erfolg von neuen Produkten und Technologien beeinflussen. Im Zusammenhang mit der Entwicklung der wissensgestützten Bioökonomie ist es daher sinnvoll, Schlüsselthemen zu untersuchen, um die Markteinführung der entwickelten Produkte oder einen detaillierten Vergleich von Rohstoffen oder Produkten zu ermöglichen z.B. über Value-Performance-Beziehungen.

Beispiele angewandter Methoden der Technologievorausschau:

 

  • Ökonometrische Modelle

  • Delphi-Studien

  • Netzwerkanalysen

  • Input-Output Simulationen

  • Technologiediffusion

  • Substitutionsanalysen

Sustainability assessment

This allows combined investigations which ensure a critical use of the methods and comprehensive sustainability evaluations of lignocellulosic materials. For example:

 

  • Life cycle assessment and regional added value
  • Cumulative energy demand and ecological amortization period
  • Water footprint and argument Delphi

Qualitative and quantitative social research

Surveys have different fields of application, for example, exploring the requirements of relevant new products, market volumes or social attitudes and opinions in order to obtain targeted measures. The applied methods range from expert interviews and qualitative content analyses to quantitative online surveys. For example:

 

  • Attitude measurement

  • Cognitive response analysis

  • Analysis of communication activities

  • Network analysis

Forecast models and sectoral simulations

Based on system-dynamics models and econometric models, medium- and long-term projections for customized market analyses and forecasts of the forest-based industry are simulated. For instance:

 

  • Price developments (price forecast model VAR, ARIMA)
  • Wood flows (sector simulation model forestry sector and wood industry FOHOW)
  • Carbon flows and sinks (FOHOW 2)