Special Issue of J Design Strategies: Designing for Billions (Nov 2011)

Deadline for abstracts: 30 Nov 2011
Contacts: TeixeirC@newschool.edu and NussbauB@newschool.edu

The Journal of Design Strategies is published annually by the School of Design Strategies at Parsons The New School for Design. JDS is an international, peer reviewed journal committed to promoting cutting-edge research at the nexus of design, business, and social innovation. Both the Journal and the Stephan Weiss Memorial Lecture Series, with which the journal is coordinated, are generously supported by the Karan-Weiss Foundation.

Volume 7, forthcoming Fall 2012

Theme: DESIGNING FOR BILLIONS

Guest Editors:
Dr. Carlos Teixeira, Associate Professor, School of Design Strategies
Bruce Nussbaum, Visiting Professor, School of Design Strategies

Managing Editor:
Dr. Matthew H. Robb

About:
Emerging markets have grown very rapidly in recent decades, giving rise to both hope and anxiety about this trend’s potential economic, social and environmental consequences. Volume 7 of the Journal of Design Strategies will examine new opportunities for designers, entrepreneurs, activists, policy makers and investors in the context of emerging markets. In particular, the issue will explore several recent initiatives aimed at developing dense, dynamic and open innovation systems through which market and social actors can envision, shape, transform and implement inclusive prosperity and sustainable lifestyles, on an unprecedented scale.

The Journal invites scholars engaged in original work that addresses aspects of design strategy in global value chains within emerging markets such as India, China, and Brazil. We are particularly interested in studies that investigate the intersection, over the past several years, of

• design and global value chains
• design and entrepreneurship
• design and business innovation
• design and social activism
• design and knowledge capital
• design and biodiversity
• design and impact investment.

We encourage publications that can bring new insights to challenging questions, such as:

• How can social activists adopt design strategies to increase the efficiency of their missions?
• How are entrepreneurs developing open source communities to scale up new forms of social inclusion?
• How is the value chain of multinational corporations responding to market pressures to design fair-trade products and services?
• What type of design training should business leaders in emerging markets receive?
• What new types of investment funds are being created to promote social innovation?
• What role can design strategy play in public-private collaborative initiatives?
• How are foundations re-designing their business models to attract new types of investors, such as angel investors and venture capitalists?
• How might the great biodiversity in developing counties such as India, China and Brazil become a source of more broad-based prosperity through the development of local, small-scale production units?

Abstracts
To be considered for publication, please submit an abstract in English of 800 words maximum. The abstract should clearly present a unique research question, describe the context of your research, outline the research methodology and theoretical framework, include bibliographical references and list of sources, and describe the research findings and conclusion by proposing speculative or exploratory new value chain models or promising improvements to current models.

Full Papers
Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers. Full papers should be between 3000-5000 words and will be double reviewed by an international guest review panel specially selected for this volume. Authors will receive the reviewers’ and editors’ remarks and suggestions in order to submit the final version for publication.

Timetable:
October 1, 2011: Abstract submission opens
November 30, 2011: Deadline for Abstracts
January 30, 2011: Abstracts accepted
April 30, 2012: Deadline for full papers
June 15, 2012: Papers accepted; revisions solicited
July 31, 2012: Deadline for full paper corrections
Fall 2012: Publication

Respond to:
Carlos Teixeira and Bruce Nussbaum, Guest Editors
Journal of Design Strategies Volume 7
Parsons The New School for Design
New York, New York  10011

TeixeirC@newschool.edu
NussbauB@newschool.edu

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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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