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dmi:Academic Design Management Conference: Next Wave



Academic Design Management Conference: Next Wave


6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula
London, United Kingdom
1-2 August 2018


Registration Fee:

Attendees USD $675
Contributors USD $595


Add Opening Night Networking Boat Cruise to your registration for USD $150
Choose a Conference + Membership Bundle - buy or renew a DMI Membership for a 25% savings!


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Around the world, a mass movement of design researchers and practitioners are using their capabilities to enable innovation in complex systems and organizations across public and private sectors alike. ’Next Wave’ will address the new design knowledge being created, the new forms of practice emerging, and how research and practice can stimulate and learn from each other.


Who Should Attend?

This conference is open to everyone - every discipline and area of endeavor will benefit. 

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

The ADMC18 Conference is Made up of Three Parts:


Research Paper Presentations

Presentation of design research summaries in fast-paced sessions. Over 140 papers by authors from 30 countries have been invited to present in the following 6 areas of interest:

  • Design Research-Led Innovation - Design’s Role as a Catalyst for Innovation
  • Business: Design and Design Management for Economic Growth - Design Research-led Work for Products, Services, Business Models
  • Design, Leadership, and Organization Design - Design Research Surrounding Internal Processes in the Area of Design Thinking, Design Management Futures, and Leadership
  • Public Sector & Transportation - Design Research-led Work for Public Sector Services, Government, Education, and Transportation
  • Healthcare & Society - Design Research-led Work for Health, Wellness, Universal Design, Environment, and Sustainability
  • Open Track For Papers That Do Not Directly Fit Themed Tracks - Eg. Fashion, Architecture, Service Design, Etc…



R+B: Design Research + Design Business Presentations

Partnerships between academia, industry and government are the new normal. Collaboration and knowledge-sharing can change the course of companies, industries, economies and governments. At the ADMC, nine 1-hour Research + Business (R+B) presentations will highlight collaborations between educators, and both the private and public sectors.

Presentations include a new framework for evaluating the innovation strength of organizations, building creative capacity in SMEs, and more. Find the current R + B presentations here, with more to come.



The dmi:FuturED Project

New market dynamics are blurring the lines between industry disciplines demanding that designers acquire new or additional skills. At the same time, 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. To provide much-needed insights into what students, educators, and industry needs - DMI has launched the FutureEd Survey, a global survey of 4 aspects of future design education: 

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


Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance


Wednesday, August 1


Thursday, August 2

8:00 - 9:00 

Registration and Networking

8:00 - 9:00 

Registration and Networking

9:00 - 10:00 

Keynote Session

9:00 - 10:00 

Keynote Session

10:00 - 5:00 

Concurrent Paper Presentations and R+B Sessions

10:00 - 3:00 

Concurrent Paper Presentations and R+B Sessions

6:00 - 8:30 

Optional Thames River Cruise - USD $150 Fee Applies

3:00 - 5:00 

The Interactive dmi:FuturED Project



Opening Night River Cruise Networking Event



Wednesday 1 August
Sailing 6:00 - 8:30
North Greenwich Pier, London
Cost: USD$150 After June 13th


Join us, meet other conference attendees, and see old friends on a cruise of the River Thames. Enjoy light refreshments as we take in spectacular views aboard The Elizabethan as we cruise past some of London's most beautiful landmarks.

The cruise departs from the North Greenwich Pier, steps away from the Ravensbourne campus. An additional cost applies. Select the "River Cruise" option when you register for the conference.If you have already registered and would like to add the River Cruise, or you would like to register a spouse/partner please contact Chris Hancock at


Conference Host and Venue



6 Penrose Way
Greenwich Peninsula
London, United Kingdom


As an industry-focused design and digital media university, Ravensbourne is perfectly suited to host this year's dmi:Academic Design Management Conference. All sessions will take place in Ravensbourne's main building, located on London's Greenwich peninsula. Opened in 2011 Ravensbourne's main building is an award winning state-of-the-art facility built for collaboration and creative working.


About the Conference



As one of DMI's longest running events, DMI's Biennial Academic Design Management Research Conferece creates an inclusive conversation amoung academics and practicioners from a varity of disciplines to examine the ways in which design management can inform innovation currently and in the future. We aim to lay the groundwork to advance the state of the art in design management research, theory, and practice, and produce a significant contribution to the field through the paper presentations, conference proceedings and through producing a special issue of the dmi:Journal.


Research Papers

All papers submitted are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process and considered for publication in the dmi:Journal, a globally recognized journal of Design Management. 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 Track Co-Chairs



Proceedings from the conference will be submitted to scholarly databases for indexing and published digitally on the DMI website (



Authors, please be sure to read and follow the Paper Submission Guidelines.




Conference Registration



Registration is open to all. At least one author/presenter of accepted papers/workshops must attend the conference and present their work.


Registration will be at the conference management website.


Registration Fees: 

Attendees $675

Contributors* $595

    * Presenters, Authors, Chairs


Membership Bundle Option

Purchase DMI Professional, Academic, or Student Membership (new or renewal) with your registration and save 25%.


Networking Event Option

Add Opening Night Networking Boat Cruise to your registration for USD$138. ($150 after June 13th)


To Register:

  1. Create an account at our conference management website.
  2. Click "Register as Participant" 
  3. Select your Category: Attendee or Contributor
  4. Choose Options and Complete Payment.  


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