Design Management Academy 2017 Hong Kong

Call for Papers

Important dates

Full Paper deadline | 30th January 2017

Notification of accepted Full Papers | 12th March 2017

Deadline for the Full Papers with corrections  | 10th April 2017

Deadline for author(s) registration | 18th April 2017

Conference takes place | 7–9th June 2017


Deadline for the Final Full Papers is on Monday 10 April 2017

To submit your final full paper you will need to:

1)  Download the Final Paper Template:

2) Save your full paper using the initial Paper Template a Word and PDF. The Word file will be used to compile the proceedings. The PDF will be made available to conference delegates prior to the conference via the online conference programme.

2) Register on the online DMA 2017 conference management system ConfTool:

3) Upload your final full paper saved as PDF and Word file on or before Monday 10 January 2017

The Design Management Academy invites an international community of scholars to formulate areas of explorations and academic contribution that are outlined by the following 7 meta themes, within the 20 tracks around which the conference is organised:

Theme 1) New Models of InnovationTrack 1a. The Interplay between Science, Technology and Design
Track 1b. Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Trends in Open Innovation
Track 1c. FROM R&D TO D&R: Challenging the Design Innovation Landscape
Track 1d. Design creating value at intersections
Track 1e. Design management transforming innovation strategy
Theme 2) Product-Service SystemsTrack 2a. Capturing Value and Scalability in Product-Service System Design
Track 2b. Service Design for Business Innovation for Industry 4.0
Theme 3) Policy MakingTrack 3a. Creative Intersection of Policies and Design Management
Theme 4) Intersecting PerspectiveTrack 4a. Changing Design Practices: How We Design, What We Design, and Who Designs?
Track 4b. Challenges and Obstacles to the Enactment of an Outside-In Perspective: The Case of Design
Track 4c. At the Intersection Social Innovation and Philosophy
Theme 5) MethodsTrack 5a. Design practices of effective strategic design
Track 5b. Markets and Design: Vertical and Horizontal Product Differentiation
Track 5c. Foresight by Design: Dealing with uncertainty in Design Innovation
Track 5d. Contemporary Brand Design
Theme 6) CapabilitiesTrack 6a. Building New Capabilities in an Organization: A research methodology perspective
Track 6b. Exploring Design Management Learning: Innovate with 'user' oriented design and KM perspectives
Track 6c. Design teams in the pursuit of innovation
Track 6d. Designing the Designers: Future of Design Education
Theme 7) FoundationsTrack 7a. Pioneering Design Thinkers


You will need to submit a full paper for the DMA 2017 research conference. The abstracts should be less than 150 words in length. They should summarise the paper, and should not provide any identifying information about the author(s).

You might like to structure your abstract as per Kamler’s and Thomson’s (2013) suggestion:

LOCATE: this means placing the paper in the context of the discourse community and the field in general. Larger issues and debates are named and potentially problematized. In naming the location, the writer is creating a warrant for their contribution and its significance, as well as informing an international community of its relevance outside of its specific place of origin.

FOCUS: this means identifying the particular questions, issues or kinds of problems that the paper will explore, examine and/or investigate.

REPORT: this means outlining the research, sample, method of analysis in order to assure readers that the paper is credible and trustworthy, as well as the major findings that are pertinent to the argument to be made.

ARGUE: this means opening out the specific argument through offering an analysis. This will move beyond description and may well include a theorisation in order to explain findings. It may offer speculations, but will always have a point of view and take a stance. It returns to the opening Locate in order to demonstrate the specific contribution that was promised at the outset. It answers the ‘So what?’ and the ‘Now what?’ questions.

Kamler, B., & Thomson, P. (2013). Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals: Strategies for Getting Published. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.


All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed.

Full papers should be between 5000 and 6000 words in length excluding abstract and references using the initial blind full paper template that can be downloaded below. Both British English and American English is accepted.

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 context, explicating the methods of inquiry, and reporting results that may aid other researchers.

If you are single author, then you can submit only ONE paper. If a paper is co-authored, then you can submit as many papers as you have the co-authors assuming. A lead presented will need to change for each of the different papers. For example, an Author A co-written a paper titled “Paper AB” has been accepted as well as the Author A’s single authored paper titled “Paper A”. Then Author B will lead the presentation on a paper titled “Paper AB” and the Author A will present paper titled “Paper A”.

Please download the initial Paper Template for blind submission: 2017_DMA_Template_BlindSubmission.docx

If you require the paper template saved in a previous version of the Microsoft Word Document file format, please contact us via this email address:

Author names should NOT be identified in the abstract or the body of the submitted paper. Authors should be referred to in the text or notes in the third person only. The full papers must be previously unpublished.

To submit your full paper for the double blind review you will need to:

  1. Save your full paper as PDF
  2. Register to the online conference management system ConfTool:
  3. Upload your PDF on or before Monday 30th January 2017

For any questions please contact the conference organisers via this email address:

All full papers including abstracts will need to be submitted via our conference management system.
At least one author of accepted papers must attend the conference and present their work.

Special Journal Issue

A Special Issue journal will be dedicated to the best papers from the conference. Authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit their paper for the Special Issue. Papers will be selected after a further double-blind review process.

Conference Proceedings Indexing

The proceedings will be submitted for indexing on Google Scholar, CPCI and SCOPUS.