DMI regrets to inform the DMI community that Karen Freeze, DMI Senior Research Fellow, passed away on March 19 after a long illness. Karen, together with Earl Powell, was the driving force behind the development of the DMI case study program. She was the author of many of DMI’s best-known studies, including “Braun AG: The KF 40 Coffee Machine,” “Novo Nordisk A/S: Designing for Diabetics,” “Umpqua Bank: Managing the Culture and Implementing the Brand,” and most recently, “Design Strategy at Samsung Electronics: Becoming a Top-Tier Company.”
Karen was formerly Director of Research for DMI, had been a Research Associate for Harvard Business School, and most recently was Affiliate Faculty at Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. She maintained a consulting practice and was an expert on the management of design and technology, the history of technology and design, and Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2005, Karen worked as a Central and Eastern European coordinator and PhD program advisor for the Netherlands Foundation for the History of Technology Tensions of Europe Program, a pan-European network of scholars developing a new history of Europe through the lens of technology (www.tensionsofeurope.eu). She received her PhD from Columbia University, and her BA from the University of Washington.
Karen was a superb writer and possessed a tremendous intellect. All of us at DMI pass on our condolences to Karen’s family, friends, and associates.
Seattle, WA, USA: Memorial Service and Reception on Friday, May 15th, 2009 at 7 PM, University Presbyterian Church
Czech Republic: Private Recital and Reception in Prague (Christopher Freeze will perform a program of classical repertoire for tenor, with piano and violoncello accompaniment), and a Memorial Service in Eastern Bohemia, September 18-20, 2009 (exact dates and times to be determined, but both events will happen that weekend). More information on the Czech services.
Donations in Karen's memory can be made to A Rocha Czech http://www.arocha.org/in-memoriam/karen-freeze.html
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