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Academic Design Management Conference ADMC16
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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.

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



View the 2016 ADMC Proceedings



The ADMC16 Conference is Made up of Three Parts:



Research Paper Presentations:

Peer reviewed academic research papers have been selected for presentation in the following tracks:

  1. Business: Design and Design Management for Economic Growth

    Design research-led work for products, services, business models

  2. Society: Design and Design Management for Social Innovation

    Design research-led work for sustainability, justice, health and wellness

  3. The Changing World: Design and Design Management in the Public Sector

    Design and Design Management in the Public SectorDesign research-led work for public sector services, government, education

  4. Design, Leadership, and Organization Design

    Design research surrounding internal processes in the area of design thinking, design management futures, and leadership.

  5. Open Track for papers that do not directly fit themed tracks
Read more about tracks and track chairs here.


Research + Business Presentations

"Inflection Point" will hold 9 R + B (Research + Business) Presentations during the 2-day conference that highlight existing collaborations between academic researchers and business leaders.

Speakers from higher education and the business partners that they work with will discuss their collaborations and the value that they have generated in topics that include:

  • Innovation Lab partnerships
  • Shared material science / materials development collaborations
  • Design research in consumer behavior and retail collaborations
  • Health service design and delivery collaborations
  • Design research applications in service and experience design
Read more about R+ B Presentations here.



Introduction of the dmi:FuturEd Survey 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

The project will survey students, educators and design leaders in industry to capture global trend data.


Read more about the project here.



Conference Organization


Conference Organization

Conference Advisory Committee and Track Chairs


Conference Host

Massachusetts College of Art and Design






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