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2016 DMI Conferences








The Call For Papers is Open. See Below For Details


Design Research Meets Design Practice at the Inflection Point:

“An event that results in a significant change.
A turning point after which a dramatic change is expected to result.”


Partnerships between academia, industry and government are becoming the new normal; collaboration and knowledge-transfer are creating inflection points capable of changing the course of companies, industries, economies and governments.

DMI has long been a global advocate for the collaboration between researchers and practitioners in design and design management. The 2016 dmi:Academic Design Management Conference (ADMC16) will facilitate a diverse, rich, and provocative dialog between academic researchers and design practitioners; the goal being to surface opportunities for new connection, combination, cooperation and collision.


Who Should Attend?

Because of it's combinatory nature, this conference is open to all. Every discipline and area of endeavor will benefit. 

  • Researchers
  • Design and Design Management practitioners
  • Educators
  • Business leaders
  • Public Sector leaders
  • Students


The ADMC16 Conference is Made up of Three Parts:



Research Paper Presentations:

Presentation of the peer reviewed academic research papers selected for presentation and publication in the dmi:Journal. The call for papers will open early December 2015 in the following four conference tracks:

  • Business: Design Management for Growth

    Design led work for products, services, organizations, business models

  • Society: Design Management for Social Innovation

    Design led work for sustainability, justice, health and wellness

  • Changing World: Design Management for Public Sector

    Design led work for public sector services, government, education

  • Open Track for papers that do not directly fit themed tracks

The call for academic research papers will open in December.

Design/Design Management Research + Practitioner Partnership Workshops:

Conference workshops facilitated by design and design management researchers and their practitioner partners will highlight the economic, social or cultural value generated from these collaborations. An example of partnership workshops may include the opportunity to share best practices in:

  • Innovation Lab partnerships
  • Shared material science / materials development collaborations
  • Health technology partnerships
  • Design research applications in service or experience design

The Introduction of the dmi:FuturED Project: 

Agile entries into old industries, new dynamics in markets, and blurring lines between disciplines demand designers acquire new or additional skills. Design education is being upended by challenges to traditional approaches, and by calls for new methodologies. A better understanding of changing dynamics in global design education is needed.

The DMI FuturEd Project is a global survey of 4 aspects of future design education: 

  • Critical design skills
  • Optimal teaching tools
  • Educational environments
  • Learning methodologies


Call For Papers


Register at Conference Website Now

If you are interested in submitting a paper abstract, workshop proposal, attending, or learning more about this conference  register now at the Conference Website for regular updates and deadline notices.




Abstracts should be less than 500 words in length and include working title, summary of paper, description of methodology used (if appropriate), contribution to the field, and implications for theory and practice.

Author names should NOT be identified in the abstract or the body of the paper. Authors should be referred to in the text or notes in the third person only. Full papers must be previously unpublished


Workshop Proposals

Workshop proposals should be less than 1000 words in length. They should summarize the workshop’s aims and objectives.


Abstract and Workshop Submission Process


All abstracts, workshops and papers must be be submitted via our conference management system. Paper abstracts and workshop proposals will be assessed and accepted authors/presenters will be notified on 22 March 2016. If accepted, authors will be invited to submit a full paper due on 26 April, 2016. To submit your abstract, please follow these steps:

  1. Register on to the conference management tool and create your account.
  2. Once logged in select 'Your Submissions,' then 'Submission of Abstract,' and complete the submission form including the following items:
    1. Authors and affiliations
    2. Abstract/Workshop title
    3. Text of your abstract (maximum 500 words)
    4. The track(s) you wish to be considered for
    5. Provide keywords for your abstract
    6. Add any comments for the review committee.

  3. Click Proceed.

Abstracts will be stored in our conference management platform where they will be considered for acceptance. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified on 22 March with details of submitting their paper via our conference management platform by 26 April where they will be anonymously reviewed by at least two reviewrs.


Full Papers

All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed.


Full papers should be between 4000–6000 words in length. We welcome any research approach or type of paper including conceptual, empirical and critical literature reviews. However, we expect high standards of scholarship within the papers in terms of establishing the theoretical context, explicating the methods of inquiry, and reporting results that may aid other researchers.


Conference Presentations

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



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


Information about previous Design Management Research Conferences, including the proceedings of the 2014 conference, can be found at:


Submission Timeline



1 March 2016

Deadline for abstracts (500 words) and workshop proposals


22 March 2016

Notifications of accepted abstracts


26 April 2016

Deadline for full papers


21 May 2016

Notifications of accepted full papers


28 June 2016

Deadline for full paper with corrections


5 July 2016

Deadline for author registration


28 July 2016

Conference opens


28 July 2016

Conference closes


Publishing Prospectus

DMI will publish and disseminate the full conference proceedings; the 2016 Design Management Journal will feature the top peer-reviewed papers; DMI will publish graphic visualizations of FuturEd results.





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