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, material engagement theory), cognitive institutions (organizations as socially extended cognitive systems), philosophy/epistemology, (knowledge-)technologies, and economy. The human person, his/her knowledge and patterns of (social/artifact) interaction/enaction with the environment, the creation of novelty and new niches/innovation, as well as “learning from future potentials” and future skills/literacy 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. Markus is head of the OCKO – Organizing Cognition in Knowing Organizations Research Group.

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 150 papers in international journals and collections. For further information see: Publications

Markus Peschl´s research is guided by the following questions (topics for projects & MA/PhD Theses):

  • 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 cognitive institutions, what are the (socially extended) cognitive foundations of organizations and their capacities to innovate and shape the future?
  • What are (future) potentials and how/what can we “learn” from them?
  • 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 (e.g., future and innovation literacies)?
  • 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?