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Research Strategy

DMI seeks to improve organizations worldwide through the effective integration and management of design and design principles for economic, social and environmental benefit.


Since 1987 DMI has built an outstanding research program based on the highest academic standards. Our commitment is to conduct, sponsor, collaborate and disseminate research, and to serve as an international hub for information about research that is relevant to the design management industry.

DMI has established an extensive body of research and teaching materials through its Case Study Program, the Design Management Journal, the International Forum on Design Management Research and Education, and various sponsored research projects.

Research Strategy

To develop projects in support of our research priorities the DMI research strategy is multi-method. Although the Institute is a relatively small organization, we will seek to sponsor research, conduct research, secure research funding, and partner on research projects in the following ways:
  • DMI conducted research
    Member sample: quantitative, qualitative, group discussion
    Non-Member Sample: quantitative, qualitative, group discussion
  • Partner research
    Partner with academic organizations
    Partner with country design councils
    Duplicate quantitative research per country, comparative
    Partner with professional associations
  • Syndicated research
  • DMI member collaboration, sponsorships
  • DMI Sponsored student research
  • Student research grants

Top Tier Research Priorities

DMI has established two research priorities. Research proposals that address these topics are encouraged, as we seek to conduct and to partner on research about design management, design thinking and innovation globally. DMI has two top tier research priorities in the areas of:
  1. Design Value Research
  2. dmi: futurED: Defining Design Management & Design Thinking for the 21st Century

The DMI Case Study Program

The DMI Case Study Program is focused on developing teaching case studies in the classic format and standards of the case study pedagogy developed by the Harvard Business School. Since 1995, nearly two dozen DMI cases have been accepted into the Harvard Business School collection and are now marketed and distributed by Harvard Business Publishing worldwide. These cases are taught in numerous business schools around the world. For more information visit the case study catalog here.

The dmi: Journal

The Design Management Journal is an annual juried publication that diffuses design management research into the management world. The goal of the Journal is that educators, students, executives and managers in the corporate world will find the discussions and research of considerable interest, as well as applicable to decision making. The Journal is distributed to several hundred universities as well as all subscribers of the Design Management Review and all DMI members. The Journal is published by Wiley-Blackwell. Find the most current issue here.

The International Forum on Design Management Research and Education

Founded in 1989, the International Forum on Design Management Research and Education is an organization of researchers and educators whose work embraces problems and issues related to the field of design management. The Forum’s mission is to facilitate communication and encourage collaboration among its constituents; to encourage research that will result in practical applications in both education and practice; and to help educators integrate design management issues into existing educational programs. The conference rotates between North America, Europe, and Asia. Selected papers from the Forum are published in the Design Management Journal.

Research Dissemination and Funding

As the leading resource and international authority on design management, DMI is in a very unique position to support data gathering and knowledge sharing. Our website is designed so that researchers around the world can share work that is being planned, in progress, and new information as it is developed. DMI actively seeks research grants in alignment with our research priorities, and serves as a coordination and dissemination point of future research by connecting researchers, sponsors and practitioners. As a 501(C)3 non-profit academic organization, contributions to DMI are tax deductible.

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