Research at the Institute for Organizational Competence and Strategy (FOKUS) is concerned with the medium-term changes on societal level, such as the consequences of the value change or the developments towards a knowledge economy. The investigations of FOKUS are based on a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods of the empirical social sciences. Furthermore, the consequences of permanent unemployment in industrial societies due to the emergence of cooperation potentials, as well as the policies to overcome these problems are the subjects of investigation. Transformation processes of the eastern economic systems, which involve changes in behavior, attitudes and demands, have become an important field of research during the years between 1996 and 2000. In addition to these themes located on the macro-level, it is a concern of FOKUS to precise the consequences of these social changes on organizational level, e.g., in public institutions as well as enterprises. Facing the increasingly "turbulent" globally environmental fields, organizational adaptation and coping strategies are investigated from both the entrepreneurs` and the employees` perspective. In this field, the questions of personnel management and development are primarily of interest, such as Human Resource Management strategies, systemic concepts of knowledge management and tools of organizational learning. Since 2000, FOKUS has analyzed High Performance Working Systems and High Performance Teams. The arguments are considered from an interdisciplinary perspective (social, behavioral and economical science). International problem constellations deserve special interest.