DMI 2012


The Design Management Institute 2012 International Research Conference, Boston, 8-9 Aug 2012; Deadline 18 Apr

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CALL FOR PAPERS: DMI 2012 International Research Conference
Leading Innovation Through Design

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

August 8-9, 2012, Boston, USA

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

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.

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 the Design 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 can be found at

Proposal Submission Form can be found at

Scholarship Application Form can be found at

Design Management Institute, 101 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02108 USA
Phone: 617-338-6380, fax: 617-338-6570,,

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