Klaus-Peter Buss is senior researcher at the Sociological Research Institute (SOFI) at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen. For his thesis about the corporate development of successful business models and competitive strength in the transformation process of the East German industry he received his doctoral grade in sociology from the University of Göttingen. For a long time, he has been working on issues of institutional change and industrial development in Germany as well as in internationally comparative perspective. His research covered topics like the transformation of East German industry, the development of the German apprenticeship system or the organization of innovation processes in high tech industries. Recently, he has finished a research project on the role of work councils and management actors in setting up corporate age management policies in large German industrial firms. He is currently working on a research project focusing on processes of inter-company knowledge creation and knowledge transfer in the IT industry.