Leading Innovation Through Design: DMI 2012 International Research Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS: DMI 2012 International Research Conference

August 8-9, 2012, Boston, USA 

Conference Website: http://dmi.org/dmi/html/conference/academic12/academic.htm

Extended Abstract Submission deadline: April 18, 2012

The Design Management Institute is pleased to announce that it is soliciting submissions for an academic conference to be held August 8-9, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Organized by DMI – The Design Management Institute
Hosted by MassArt – The Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Our goal is to create an inclusive conversation among academics from a variety of disciplines including business (organizational behavior, strategy, marketing, and operations) and design management (design strategy, product design, brand identity, communications, interactive design, user experience, architecture, and environmental design) to examine the ways in which design thinking can inform innovation currently and in the future. We aim to lay the groundwork to build a scholarly community and advance the state of the art in design management research, theory, and practice, and produce a significant contribution to the field through the paper presentations, conference proceedings and producing a special issue of the Design Management Journal.

Businesses are changing; manufacturers are becoming service providers and services are focusing increasingly on experiences. Organizations, in both the profit and the social sector, are seeking competitive advantage through innovation in their offerings, structure, processes, and business models. We believe that now is the time to convene a gathering of academics to take a critical look at how we can bring a scholarly lens to the ways that design may help to both shape and implement innovation in these emerging developments.

We invite submissions on the following seven themes:

  • Design-led innovation in products and services
  • Design-led innovation in organizations and the workplace
  • Design-led innovation in business models
  • Bridging research and practice in the management of design
  • Innovations in design management education
  • Developing design thinking skills
  • Innovations in design research methodologies, management processes, and outcomes

The academic committee will select the best of these papers for publication in a special issue of theDesign Management Journal to be published in 2013.

Submissions, in the form of an extended abstract, are due by April 18, 2012 and must meet the following guidelines.

1500 word (maximum) abstract containing the following:

  • Working title
  • Summary of paper
  • Description of methodology used (if appropriate)
  • Contribution to the field
  • Implications for theory and practice

Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by May 25, 2012.

Submission Guidelines
All proposals for full papers will be reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. For consideration, please submit your paper using the online proposal submission form.

The submission should contain a working title and a summary (maximum 1500 words) of the primary topics/themes of your paper, and the track from the seven listed above for which you wish your paper to be considered. To preserve anonymity, author names should not be identified in the body of the paper or extended summary. Authors should be referred to in the text or notes in the third person only.

Acceptance for presentation in the conference will be confirmed by May 25, 2012.
The final version of the full paper should be emailed to conference secretary John Tobin by July 13, 2012 for inclusion in the Proceedings. Papers must not have been previously published.

Complete Conference Information
Proposal Submission Form
Scholarship Application Form

Conference Co-Chairs
Erik Bohemia, Reader in Three Dimensional Design Studies, School of Design, Northumbria University
Jeanne Liedtka, Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia – Darden Business School
Alison Rieple, Professor of Strategic Management, Westminster Business School 

DMI 2012 Research Conference Advisory/Review Board
Brigitte Borja de Mozota, Director of Research, Paris College of Art / Ecole Parsons à Paris; Professor, Université Paris Ouest
Kyung-Won Chung, Professor, Department of Industrial Design, KAIST
Ana Paula Perfetto Demarchi, University Teacher (adjunct professor), Department of Design, State University of Londrina – UEL, Brasil
Esther Dudley, Faculty of Arts, Plymouth University 
Geoffry Fried, Professor of Design, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
Victor Frostig, Head of Academic Program, Masters of Integrated Design, Holon Institute of Technology (HIT)
Julie H. Hertenstein, Associate Professor, DMI Senior Research Fellow, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University 
Nigel Munro-Smith, Lecturer in Management, School of Management, RMIT University
Jochen Schweitzer, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business, University of Technology, Sydney
Reino Veenstra, Msc, Applied Ergonomics, Delft University 
Aline Wolff, Associate Professor, Management Communication, Stern School of Business, NYU

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