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Academic Design Management Conference: Next Wave

London, United Kingdom
1-2 August 2018


Registration Fees: 

Attendees $675
Contributors $595



The Call For Papers is closed. Registration is open.


Around the world, a mass movement of 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 research and practice can stimulate and learn from each other.


Who Should Attend?

Because of it's combinatory nature, this conference is open to all. Every discipline and area of endeavor will benefit. 

  • Researchers
  • Design and Design Management practitioners
  • Educators
  • Business leaders
  • Public Sector leaders
  • Students


The ADMC18 Conference is Made up of Three Parts:



Research Paper Presentations:

Presentation of all the peer reviewed academic research papers selected for deliberation. The call for papers is open in the following six conference tracks:

  • Design Research-Led Innovation

    Design’s Role as a Catalyst for Innovation

  • Business: Design and Design Management for Economic Growth

    Design Research-led Work for Products, Services, Business Models

  • Design, Leadership, and Organization Design

    Design Research Surrounding Internal Processes in the Area of Design Thinking, Design Management Futures, and Leadership. 

  • Public Sector & Transportation

    Design Research-led Work for Public Sector Services, Government, Education, and Transportation.

  • Healthcare & Society

    Design Research-led Work for Health, Wellness, Universal Design, Environment, and Sustainability.

  • Open Track For Papers That Do Not Directly Fit Themed Tracks

    Eg. Fashion, Architecture, Service Design, Etc…

The call for academic research papers closed in February.



R+B: Design Research Meets Design Business

Partnerships between academia, industry and government are the new normal; collaboration and knowledge-transfer is capable of changing the course of companies, industries, economies and governments.

At the 2018 Academic Design Management Conference (ADMC), nine 1 hour presentations R+B (Research + Business) will be held during the 2-day conference that highlight collaborations between educators and business leaders. An example of partnership workshops may include the opportunity to share best practices in:

  • Innovation Lab partnerships
  • Shared material science / materials development collaborations
  • Health technology partnerships
  • Design research applications in service or experience design

Read more about R+B Presentations and how to submit your proposal.


The dmi:FuturED Project: 

Agile entries into old industries, new dynamics in markets, and blurring lines between disciplines demand designers acquire new or additional skills. 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.

The DMI FuturEd Project is a global survey of 4 aspects of future design education: 

  • Critical design skills
  • Optimal teaching tools
  • Educational environments
  • Learning methodologies



Instructions for Paper Submission

The abstract submission deadline passed in February. Papers by authors of accepted abstracts are due April 4th.


Full Papers

All papers submitted will be 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. Full papers should be between 4000–6000 words in length.


Authors, please be sure to read and follow the Paper Submission Guidelines.



Conference Presentations

At least one author/presenter of accepted papers/workshops must attend the conference and present their work.




Proceedings from the conference will be submitted to scholarly databases for indexing and published digitally on the DMI website (



Submission Timeline



7 February 2018

Deadline for abstracts (500 words or less)


28 February 2018

Notifications of accepted abstracts


4 April 2018

Deadline for full papers


11 April 2018

Deadline for Research+Business Proposals
(Separate application by email. Click here for information)


2 May 2018

Notifications of accepted full papers


6 June 2018

Deadline for full paper with corrections


13 June 2018

Deadline for author registration


1 August 2018

Conference opens


2 August 2018

Conference closes


Publishing Prospectus

DMI will publish and disseminate the full conference proceedings at the DMI website ( The 2018 Design Management Journal will feature the top peer-reviewed papers.


Conference Registration

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%.


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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