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Potential of interdisciplinary approaches for organizational innovations in freight transport

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Geo-spatial type
Infrastructure Node
Project website
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Smart mobility and services (SMO)
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues,
Other specified
Transport sectors
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

Given the acute challenges that are being triggered by the digital technology developments 4.0, climate change, environmental burdens in settlement areas or volatile economic dynamics, there is a need to organisationally expand interdisciplinary approaches in order to activate potentials for the beneficial and sustainable mobility of society and business.

Due to the advancing segmentation of fields of knowledge and the specialization of job profiles, the understanding of system networking is tending to decline - despite digitisation - and unexpected system link-ups are manifesting themselves in problematic phenomena and complex interactions.

As the transport of goods, procurement and sales logistics accelerate and burdens on the developed transport infrastructure and in its vicinity increase, such symptoms are generated because the deep-rooted efficiency increase of individual processes shifts the view to "systemological", i.e. system-wide, effects. A change in paradigm to an expanded utilitarian way of thinking therefore appears appropriate.


Starting out from the programme goals and specified logistic trends the AIDA-F study aimed to identify possible approaches in order to activate potential for interdisciplinary interactions and to anticipate their importance for tomorrow'ss goods transport. To this end, it carved out the areas of intervention for organisational innovation: adapting the system architecture of goods mobility, smart use of technologies and integral methods of recording, analysing and optimising freight movements.


An adapted interdisciplinary procedures and methods for combining organizational reforms to the transport of goods, all of which build on a foundation of scientific and theoretical findings of knowledge creation, are highlighted as part of a sustainable mobility system. The result should be a better understanding between technical, economic, natural science and humanistic disciplines for the joint accomplishment of tasks. The principles of sustainability, social intelligence, climate protection and environmental qualities give rise to such interdisciplinary objectives.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
FFG - Die Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)
Funding Source
bmvit - Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie


"An awareness of the value and benefit of taking an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of challenges facing the Mobility of Goods has only developed to a certain extent, which is why interdisciplinary results are still hard to come by. External stimuli are usually required to open up introverted specialist debates on the phenomena that occur, to motivate a collaborative accomplishment of tasks and as such to mobilize innovation processes."

Bakk. techn. Viktoria Marsch, arp –


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