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The DMI: ADMC 2014 London received more than 500 submissions from around the world which is unprecedented number.

This conference will be defining the current and future direction of Design Management research.


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

London, uk 2-4 September, 2014

The theme of the conference is 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.

Conference workshops will take place 2 September, papers will be presented 3-4 September, 2014.

Keynote Session

Leading Design: Managing the Challenge of Innovation
Richard Buchanan, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Design & Innovation, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

“The theme of this lecture is a comparison of teaching management in a school of design and teaching design in a school of management. It is based on my experience of heading the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and, now, heading the Department of Design & Innovation, the largest department at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. I will discuss the similarities and differences between teaching in these two environments. While my experience is arguably unique in the educational communities of design and management, it also reflects important changes in the practice of design that have taken place over the past two decades. I will discuss the broadening of design from what I call first and second orders of design into the third and fourth orders of design. Topics will include the nature of design thinking, a term that is ambiguous and controversial in discussions of design today but remains meaningful, as well as the the nature of innovation, differences in the needs and interests of students, the methods and techniques of teaching, and the emerging place of design in business and other organizations—a theme that is central to the vision and mission of the Design Management Institute.”

The conference is organized around 7 meta themes that are 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.  


Conference Program





As of July 29th registration is open to all and the conference is at 80% capicity. Registrations are accepted in the order they are recieved and it is anticipated the conference will sell out in August. 

Registration does not take place on the DMI website. Please follow the instructions below to register.

Registration Link

Registration will take place at the conference management website:
To register you will need to login or create a new account and select "Register as Participant."

Registration Category

Please choose your correct registration category. If you have a question about your DMI Membership status please login to your member dashboard to check.

Although conference prices are set in British Pounds DMI must charge in US Dollars. You can view the pricing structure below.

Networking Dinner Cruise
We have arranged for a special networking dinner cruise on the evening of 3 September. You may register with or without the dinner cruise but we very much hope you will join us. You may also purchase an extra ticket for a guest.

Preferred Sessions

When registering please select your preferred session for each conference time slot to build your custom agenda. If you would like more information about a session just follow the session links on the registration page. You may also view the entire conference agenda at:

Visa or Invitation Letters

If you require a visa or invitation letter please let us know at


If you have questions please contact us at:

We look forward to seeing you in London.




Conference Venue

The conference will be hosted by the London College of Fashion
located at 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ, United Kingdom

The closest London Underground (Tube) station is Oxford Circus This link provides information on how to get there



Conference Lodging

The conference venue not offer hotel accommodations.

All conference participants are responsible for their own hotel arrangements and transportation.

You can search for hotels at Look for Oxford Street in London or this postcode W1G 0BJ.



Conference Dinner

3 September, 6:30 PM, Westminster Pier


We very much hope you will join us for the conference dinner. This will be a really yummy buffet on one of the river Thames cruisers. The trip is a fantastic one which will take us past some of London's most amazing sites, including the Palace of Westminster and the Houses of Parliament, the O2 arena, Canary Wharf, the Thames barrier (which prevents London being flooded!) and the Greenwich Observatory. Greenwich is the location of the zero meridian - so we will pass from the West to the East and back again!

Guests are welcome, but numbers are strictly limited because of the size of the boat, so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please get your booking in early! Over 150 have already registered.

You may register for this dinner with your conference by selecting the "conference plus dinner" option or separately for just the dinner at the dmi website.



Departure: 6:30 PM from the Westminster Pier, London
Cost: USD$128. 




At least one author of accepted papers must attend the conference and present their work.

Registration will open to paper authors only following notification of accepted papers on 7 July. General registration will open 29 July.

Registration Fees:

Although conference prices are set in British Pounds DMI must charge in US Dollars.


  Registration Type Conference Only Conference Plus Dinner
  Non-Member Professional £475 (USD$815) £550 (USD$944)
  DMI Professional Member £450 (USD$772) £525 (USD$901)
  Academics (Non-Student) £365 (USD$626) £440 (USD$755)
  Presenters & Committee £340 (USD$583) £415 (USD$712)
  Student £275 (USD$472) £350 (USD$600)
  Dinner Only/Extra Dinner   £75 (USD$128)

Cancellation Policy

Requests for cancellation must be received in writing.

Until 1 August, 2014: We will deduct a £100 administrative charge and refund or credit the remaining fee.

2 August - 15 August, 2014: We will deduct a £100 administrative charge and credit the remaining fee towards a future conference (within a year) or a new (no renewals) full price membership. 

After 16 August, 2014: No refunds or credit.



Proceedings from the conference will be published digitally on the DMI website.

Academic Committee

Review Committee Chair: Dr. Leon Cruikshank, Lancaster University, UK

Erik Roscam Abbing, Zilver Innovation and Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Professor Antti Ainamo, Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki Finland
Dr. Rita Assoreira Almendra, University of Lisbon Faculty of Architecture, Portugal
Prof. Petra Badke-Schaub, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Professor Brigitte Borja de Mozota, Paris College of Art, France
Dr. Kaja Tooming Buchanan, The Cleveland Institute of Art Ohio, USA
Professor Richard Buchanan, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA
Dr. Ian Campbell, Loughborough University, UK
Professor Henri H.C.M. Christiaans, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Professor Luisa Collina, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Christine de Lille, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Dr. Martyn Evans, Lancaster University, UK
Dr. Nuša Fain, University of Strathclyde, UK
Selena Griffith, UNSW, Australia
Milan Guenther, eda.c, Paris / Düsseldorf Associate
Professor Birgit Jevnaker, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
Dr. Sabine Junginger, Kolding School of Design, Denmark
Dr. Toni-Matti Karjalainen, Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Debra Lilley, Loughborough Design School, UK
Dr. Karen Miller, University Cambridge, UK
Dr. Val Mitchell, Loughborough Design School, UK
Dr. James Moultrie, University of Cambridge, UK
Professor Shin'ya Nagasawa, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Kirsi Niinimäki, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Natalie Nixon, Philadelphia University, USA
Dr. Alice Peinado, Paris College of Art, France
Dr. Oscar Person, Aalto University School Of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Marco Pironti, Turin University, Italy
Dr. Paola Pisano, Turin University, Italy
Dr. Irini Pitsaki, Northumbria University, UK
Dr. Ashok Ranchhod, University of Southampton, UK
Professor Joanne Roberts, University of Southampton, UK Lianne W.L. Simonse, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Dr. Matthew Sinclair, Loughborough University, UK Dr. Dirk Snelders, TU Delft
Dr. Marja Soila Wadman, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Adjunct
Professor Anne Stenros, School of Arts and Design, Aalto University and KONE Corporation, Finland
Professor Tung-Jung Sung, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Professor Lisbeth Svengren Holm, The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås Sweden
Pia Tamminen, BIT Research Centre, Aalto University, Finland
Dr. Nina Terrey, ThinkPlace, Australia
Professor Clemens Thornquist, The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås Sweden
Jose Andrade Vicente, Escola Superior da Gallaecia, Portugal
Dr. Froukje Sleeswijk Visser, Zilver Innovation and Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Dr. Beverly Wagner, University of Strathclyde, UK Associate
Professor Fabiane Wolff, UniRitter/Laureate International Universities, Brasil
Dr. Stephen Worrall, E.ON, UK
Professor Lu Yuan, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
Professor Francesco Zurlo, Politecnico Milano, Italy

Workshop Review Committee

Dr. Martyn Evans, Lancaster University, UK
Dr. Anja Maier, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Dr. Anna Rylander, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Workshop Organising Committee

Dr. Nuša Fain, University of Strathclyde, UK
Dr. Anna Rylander, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Dr. Anja Maier, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Conference Secretary

Chris Hancock, Design Management Institute

Conference Executives


Conference Patron

Michael Westcott, President, DMI, Boston USA


Conference Chairs

Dr. Erik Bohemia, Loughborough University, UK
Professor Rachel Cooper, Lancaster University, UK
Professor Jeanne Liedtka, University of Virginia - Darden Business School, USA
Professor Alison Rieple , University of Westminster, UK

Supporting Organizations

Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK
Design Council, UK
Design Business Association, UK
Chartered Society of Designers, UK


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