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Since 1987 DMI has built an outstanding research program based on the highest academic standards. The DMI research strategy is multi-method. Although the Institute is a relatively small organization, we seek to sponsor research, conduct research, secure research funding, and partner on research projects by partnering with academic organizations, syndicating research, and sponsoring student research.

While the top research priorities, Design Value and Design Education futurED, will play a leading role in selecting proposals and papers, high-quality work on other topics is also of interest, particularly in new or emerging areas relevant to design management. DMI encourages cross-disciplinary, cross-functional, and cross-cultural research perspectives.

Design Value Project

Completed in January 2013, the dmi: Design Value Index built by Motiv Strategies, tracked the value of select publicly held companies and monitored the impact of their investments in design and innovation on stock value over time relative to the S&P Index.  The findings were significant.  

Find more about the methodology and read results of the research here

DMI: futurED

The dmi:futurED Summit held August 2013 served as the starting point for continued developments in the education components offered by DMI. 

Based on conversations with educators, business leaders and students, Summit participants identified core competencies necessary for creative leaders to drive excellence in business and design.  A competency map was developed to outline these skills and align with an upcoming, customizable certification offering.  

Read more about the DMI:futurED initiative



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