call for papers DMA 2017

Design Management Academy 2017 Hong Kong
Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections

Hosted by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Full papers submission deadline: 15th November 2016

Conference dates: June 7–9, 2017 Hong Kong

Full details of submission processes and timelines available from: 

The Design Management Academy’s international research conference will be hosted by the School of Design School 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 is: “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.

The Design Management Academy invites an international community of scholars to formulate areas of explorations and academic contribution which are outlined by the following 7 meta themes, within the 19 tracks around which the conference is organised:

New Models of Innovation
1.a) The Interplay between Science, Technology and Design

1.b) Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Trends in Open Innovation

1.c) From R&D to D&R: Challenging the Design Innovation Landscape

1.d) Design Creating Value at Intersections

Product-Service Systems

2.a) Capturing Value and Scalability in Product-Service System Design

2.b) Future: Service Design for Business Innovation for Industry 4.0

Policy Making

3) Creative Intersection of Policies and Design Management

Intersecting Perspectives

4.a) Changing Design Practices: How We Design, What We Design, and Who Designs?

4.b) Challenges and Obstacles to the Enactment of an Outside-In Perspective: The Case of Design

4.c) At the Intersection Social Innovation and Philosophy


5.a) Design Practices for Effective Strategic Design

5.b) Markets and Design: Vertical and Horizontal Product Differentiation

5.c) Foresight by Design: Dealing with Uncertainty in Design Innovation

5.d) Contemporary Brand Design


6.a) Building New Capabilities in an Organization: A Research Methodology Perspective

6.b) Exploring Design Management Learning: Innovate with ´User’ Oriented Design and KM Perspectives

6.c) Design Teams in the Pursuit of Innovation

6.d) Designing the Designers: Future of Design Education


7) Pioneering Design Thinkers

Any questions please contact the conference organisers via this email address





The Design Research Society is the multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community, promoting excellence in design research globally.

  • recognising design as a creative act common to many disciplines
  • understanding research and its relationship with education and practice
  • advancing the theory and practice of design

Find out more about the society, and its aims and activities, history, governance, current council and events.

Special Interest Groups

DRS now has nine SIGS which aim to facilitate debate and networking between DRS members, and to produce resources accessible to the research community. Find out more on the individual SIG pages.

  • Experiential Knowledge SIG (EKSIG)
  • Design Pedagogy SIG (PedSIG)
  • Objects, Practices, Experiences, Networks SIG (OPENSIG)
  • Inclusive Design SIG (Inclusive SIG)
  • Inclusive SIG
  • Sustainability SIG
  • Design for Behaviour Change SIG (Behaviour Change SIG)
  • Design for Tangible, Embedded and Networked Technologies SIG (tentSIG)



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