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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, 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 design research and practice can stimulate and learn from each other.


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 - 9:45 

Keynote - Cheryl Heller

9:00 - 9:45 

Keynote - Matt Marsh

10:00 - 5:30 

Concurrent Research Paper Presentations

10:00 - 1:00 

Concurrent Research Paper Presentations

10:00 - 5:30 

R+B Sessions

10:00 - 1:00 

R+B Sessions

6:00 - 8:30 

Optional Thames River Cruise - USD $150 Fee Applies

3:00 - 5:00 

Interactive dmi:FuturED Workshop


The ADMC18 Conference is Made up of:


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 areas of interest: Design Research-Led Innovation; Business - Design and Design Management for Economic Growth; Design, Leadership, and Organization Design; Design, Leadership, and Organization Design; Public Sector & Transportation; Healthcare & Society; and Open Tracks.

Keynote Speakers


Design, Disrupted for Good: How Social Design is Creating New Market and More Creative, Engaged Cultures

Cheryl Heller

Founding Chair, MFA Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts (SVA); President, the Measured Lab


Design has proven its value to business, in category redefining products, services, killer apps and innovative business models. To succeed, serious expertise and talent is required. Social design is the application of design methodology to the creation of new markets and more creative, engaged cultures. In this session, Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair, MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts will argue that everyone needs to know it, and be in it. She’ll share more about social design, what it is, how it's done, and who is making it work– brilliantly.



Fast, Sometimes Fantastical, Often Febrile and Occasionally Fractious: Welcome to Design Management in 2018.

Matt Marsh

Visiting Professor, Ravensbourne and Creative Director,Firsthand Experience


Ten years after the financial crash, it is still predominantly a risk averse business world. Design and design thinking has arguably become productized and codified. There is a resurgence of the 'throw it against the wall and see what sticks' attitude toward creating new value. Simultaneously, design is ever more apparently regarded to be the “pixie dust” of business success. 

We are perhaps in a new, phase in design management, research and strategy. Matt Marsh, Visiting Professor. Ravensbourne and Creative Director at Firsthand Experience will ask the provocative question: how do we equip the next generation of practitioners to be the torch bearers of design excellence?


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, innovation in a €23 billion industry, social justice innovation, and more.


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The dmi:FuturED Project Workshop

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

This workshop will engage students, educators and industry members in a dialog on the future of design education.



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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.


More About the Conference



As one of DMI's longest running events, DMI's Biennial Academic Design Management Research Conferece creates an inclusive conversation among academics and practicioners from a varity of disciplines to examine the ways in which design management can inform innovation now 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 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 (




Conference Registration



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

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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