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Design Management Academy Conference 2014

Location London College of Fashion, London
First day 02 September 2014
Last day 04 September 2014
Submission deadline for a paper 15 January 2014

The 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference “Design Management in an Era of Disruption”



Design Management in an Era of Disruption. The management of design has arguably never played such an important role as it does today. Changes to the business and social environment are making consumers more knowledgeable and discerning. ‘Tribes’ now demand their own types of products. Globally-aware consumers want socially-responsive and sustainable goods. Demanding customers want to be served immediately, if not sooner…

On the supply side, innovations and developments in new technologies make it possible to respond to these demands in the form of mass-niche, mass-customised, or micro niche product strategies. In their turn, these are leading to changes in business models and the location of manufacturing as consumers increasingly participate in the product design and development process. These are all indicative of major disruptions to the ways that products and services are designed, made, and distributed. The role of the designer is in many contexts transformed. The purpose of this conference is to explore how design management is changing in this era of disruption.


7 meta themes divided into 19 tracks:

  1. Design in the creation of meaning
  2. Transformational design management
  3. Contextualised designing
  4. Design management futures
  5. Design thinking, leadership and impact
  6. Educating design managers for strategic roles
  7. Open Track

Read detailed information about the conference tracks here.