About | Research

Markus Peschl´s focus of research is on the question of innovation and knowledge creation in various contexts: ranging from natural and artificial cognitive systems, over organizations, educational settings, science, to the fields of knowledge technologies and their embedding in social  and physical/architectural systems. Following a radically interdisciplinary approach, Markus integrates approaches from organization science, cognitive science (extended mind/4E approaches to cognition), philosophy/epistemology, (knowledge-)technologies, and economy. The human person, his/her knowledge and (social/artifact) interaction patterns with the environment as well as the creation of novelty and new niches/innovation are at the center of his attention.

Working in the field of radical innovation Markus has developed the concepts of Emergent Innovation and Enabling Spaces which he understands as a form of “socio-epistemological engineering”. Furthermore, he is engaged in developing alternative knowledge-/innovation-driven formats of teaching and learning and works in the field of interdisciplinary curriculum development.

M. Peschl holds several visiting professorships (Berlin, Bratislava, etc.) and has won various prizes for his innovative approaches to teaching and learning. He has published 6 books and more than 140 papers in international journals and collections. For further information see: Publications

Markus Peschl´s research is guided by the following questions:

  • How does novelty/novel knowledge/innovation come into being?
  • What are cognitive, social, epistemological, organizational, technological, and cultural foundations and enabling factors facilitating (socio-epistemological) processes of knowledge creation and the design of (innovation) artifacts?
  • What is the role of extended and enactive cognition in knowledge processes and in the production of (innovation) artifacts?
  • What is the role of organizations and space in knowledge work/creation and innovation?
  • What are the implications from the resulting insights (from the question above) for the organizational domain and educational settings and how can they be applied in these contexts?
  • What are the foundations of Design Thinking, what are its pros and cons with respect to future-oriented innovation?
  • What is digitalization actually about? What are its core qualities and what makes it different from other socio-cultural-technological paradigmatic practices and shifts?

Link to a collection of mostly powerful and profound (research) questions | The EDGE | What is the last question?