Institut für sozialwissenschaftliche Beratung GmbH (ISOB), Germany
ISOB is a private research and development organisation, founded in 1990; In 2003 it was registered as a limited liability company (ISOB GmbH). ISOB has an expertise in internal evaluation and quality assurance of development projects in various fields like cooperation between SME and training providers, entrepreneurship, LifeLongLearning, CSR and Learning Region approaches. As a German company ISOB is well aware of the challenges facing family businesses, as family owned SME are the backbone of the economy in Germany. ISOB is member of the Strategic Partnership of the Sensors Industry in Bavaria, a Cluster organisation which comprises more than 120 companies of all sizes.
ISOB has worked with more than 80 SME in the context of development projects in various fields as well as with Chambers of the Crafts. ISOB has successfully guided more than 30 projects on national and international level. ISOB is member of the German Society for Evaluation (DGEVAL) and works according to the internationally accepted evaluation standards. Numerous long-term projects for the German Federal Government and for the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), e.g. innovative ways of cooperation between SMEs and training institutions; implementing the integration of learning and working in the enterprise, E-Learning; flexible learning methods in SME. 16 projects in the LLL program implemented and evaluated. ISOB is owned by 2 partners and works with a wide network of associated experts. ISOB makes a point of having a international team with researchers from Portugal, the UK and Romania.
The problem of managing generational change in SME was part of the issues covered by the project “Demography Management in the Cluster of the Sensor Industry in Bavaria (DEMOCLUST)” in which ISOB CEO Alexander Krauß was involved as expert for the Regensburg NGO SoWiBeFo e.V.
Alexander Krauss: Managing director, researcher, project manager. Main fields: enterprise development, Dual System of Training (Apprenticeships), Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Social Responsibility in SME, organisational development: leadership development, personnel development; Small business development; Life Long Learning: Application of Life Long Learning in different fields (Associations/Interest Groups, Business/Industry, Government/State bodies; Vocational Education; Arranging LLL opportunities; Tools and techniques for LLL: Learning needs assessment tools, Personal learning plan tools); Social community development: Action research.
Training as Business Coach and Supervisor AGS; Competency Portfolio Career Guidance Coach. Numerous publications in the fields mentioned. Numerous Publications: cf: http://www.isob-regensburg.net/joomla3/index.php/en/the-institute/library