Design Management Academy 2017 Hong Kong

Early Bird Rate Registration

Early Bird Rate on or before Tuesday 24th April 2017
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Preliminary Conference Programme

The DMA 2017 international conference preliminary programme is now available via this link (last updated on 16 April 2017)

Jeanne Liedtka conference keynote address: Beyond Better Solutions

photo of Jean Liedtka one of the keynotes for the Design Management Academy 2017 international conference

Jeanne Liedtka is a Professor of Business at the Darden Graduate School of Management at the University of Virginia. Formerly the Associate Dean of the MBA at Darden and Chief Learning Officer for United Technologies, Jeanne’s research focuses on the intersection of innovation and strategy, in particular the integration of design thinking into organizational problem solving processes.  Jeanne has taught design thinking to thousands of managers, both in person at Darden and through her on-line coursework, and authored numerous number of books including The Catalyst, Designing for Growth: A design thinking tool kit for managers, and Solving Business Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works. Her forthcoming book, Designing for the Greater Good, translates her work to the social sector

Her keynote is titled Beyond Better Solutions: Design Thinking as a Social Technology for Convening Conversation for Change

Though formal academic research relating design thinking to organizational performance is in its infancy, anecdotal data from practitioners abounds concerning its ability to improve outcomes when innovation is the goal (Berger, 2009; Brown, 2009; Fraser, 2012; Kelley & Littman, 2005; Liedtka & Ogilvy, 2011; Martin, 2009).  In these accounts, the value delivered by design thinking is almost always seen to be improvements in the creativity and usefulness of the solutions produced. This paper takes a broader view of the potential power of design thinking, highlighting its role as a social technology for enhancing the productivity of conversations for change across difference. Examined through this lens, design thinking can be observed to aid diverse sets of stakeholders’ abilities to work together to both produce higher order, more innovative solutions and to implement them more successfully. In this way, it acts as a facilitator of the processes of collectives, by enhancing their ability to learn, align and change together. This paper draws on both the author’s extensive field research on the use of design thinking in social sector organizations, as well as on the literature of complex social systems, to discuss implications for both practitioners and scholars interested in assessing the impact of design thinking on organizational performance.

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Closing date for applications to PhD in Design Management Seminar: 31 March 2017

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Professor Jeanne Liedtka’s DMA 2017 conference bursaries for emerging researchers due on 20 March 2017

Up to four Professor Jeanne Liedtka’s conference bursaries for emerging researchers are available for emerging researchers who are planning to present papers at the upcoming Design Management Academy 2017 international conference hosted by Hong Kong Polytechnic University between 7 and 9 June 2017.

Each bursary will cover the conference fees (up to HK$4600 each).

Researchers may be eligible to apply if they are either a member of the Design Society or the Design Research Society and are currently undertaking a full time PhD or have completed a PhD within five years.

They will need to submit a full research paper by or before 30 January 2017 and the paper will need to be accepted for a presentation at the DMA 2017 conference.

The potential applicants should email the following information:

  • Your tile and name
  • Paper submission number and its title
  • Indication whether you are correctly a PhD student or have completed a PhD (if you have completed a PhD then state the year when you have completed it)
  • Outline in less than 300 words why you are applying for the bursary

to by Wednesday 22 March 2017 with a subject line: Your Name: Jeanne Liedtka’s DMA 2017 conference bursaries



Workshop Proposals are due on Wednesday 1 March 2017

The DMA conference invites proposals for workshops that will engage and reflect upon the conference theme “Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections”. The aim of the workshops is to create a physical platform to create, knit, and foster collaboration through experimentation at the intersection between research in academia and research undertaken in industry. The workshops will be unique opportunities to explore the roles and responsibilities of design research within both academia and the creative industry, challenging the intersections between the two and crossing disciplinary boundaries.

Please see link below for more details on workshop submission criteria and important dates:

We look forward to receiving your workshop proposals!

Design Management Academy | 2017 Hong Kong

Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections

Hosted by | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Conference dates | June 7–9th, 2017 Hong Kong

Full Papers submissions are due on Monday 30 January 2017

The Design Management Academy’s international research conference will be hosted by the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The DMA International Research Conference is organised under the auspices of the Design Society’s Design Management Special Interest Group (DeMSIG) and Design Research Society’s Design Innovation Management Special Interest Group (DIMSIG) in collaboration with: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Loughborough University, Tsinghua University, University of Strathclyde and Delft University of Technology.

The theme of the conference | Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections

Design is becoming more strategic, both in the private and in the public sector. There is a wider range of interfacing activities with internal and external clients and collaborators than before and there is also a wider spread of disciplines to productively interact with. New methods and technologies for collaboration and interfacing have come up. China has been the centre of manufacturing for quite some years. Now it has become a leader in the development of Internet services and the most important market in the world in many categories. In this new landscape, the roles and responsibilities of designers are changing dramatically, both in Asia and in the rest of the world.

We look forward to welcoming you to the DMA Conference in Hong Kong!

Select either Call for Papers;  Call for Workshop or Call for for PhD Seminar Abstracts submission instructions.

Conference logistics (updated on 3 November 2016)

The conference will be held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Key dates can be found on the following link:

The conference fees are listed on the following link:

Please see this link for details on its venue:

We have been able to negotiate a discounted hotel accommodation that is listed on the following link:

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

* A number of Professor Jeanne Liedtka’s Early Researchers Awards will be announced later in January. These awards will provide holders with complementary conference passes.