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Design in Organizations Conference

This symposium provides an opportunity to explore the value and relevance of design for business innovation, public sector innovation and social change.

11/16/2017 to 11/17/2017
When: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Where: Lucerne School of Applied Sciences and Arts
Aktionshalle, 745 Viscosistadt
Contact: Claudia Raimseier

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Global events and developments challenge both private and public organisations to rethink the ways they are going about their ‘business’ to achieve their objectives, fulfil their mandates and succeed in a dramatically changing environment. Design researches and design practitioners argue that successful organisations are those that develop and foster internal design capabilities.


But what does this mean? What counts as design capability? Where within an organisation do design capabilities ‘live’, where should they be developed and located? What is needed and who is needed to develop advanced design capabilities that serve organisations in the pursuit of their vision and in the fulfilment of their purpose? What examples can we look to and learn from in Switzerland and internationally?


Keynote speakers include design theorist Prof. Dr. Richard Buchanan from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve (USA) and Dr. Sydney Smith-Heimbrock, Director of The Lab, the innovation unit of the US Office of Personnel Management. They will help us understand what it means “to go about business” in a public organisation or in new business development with a human-centered design approach.


Registration is possible by day as well as for the full event which includes keynotes and break-out sessions on day one and a half day of hands-on workshops with keynote speakers on day two.

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