Global, European and Austrian production and logistics networks face multiple challenges. The overlapping crises of recent years have exposed vulnerabilities in supply chains and production networks, which leads to a multitude of questions regarding the design of more sustainable, resilient networks.
To solve these questions, the institute takes an interdisciplinary approach. The ASCII scientists create data-based analytical tools and use methods from mathematics, data and network science, international economics, management science, supply chains and logistics.
This project is being implemented in close cooperation with the founding organizations: the Complexity Science Hub, WIFO, Logistikum of the Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences and Verein Netzwerk Logistik. The supply chain issue is embedded in overarching risks (e.g. geopolitical discord, trade wars) and the impact of man-made climate change, the mitigation of which will require new production structures and business models. The institute provides data and knowledge bases and acts as the first point of contact for analyzing, evaluating and deriving recommendations for action for time-critical and complex issues related to value chains.