The 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference
The 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference
"Design Management in an Era of Disruption"

LONDON, UK 2-4 SEPTEMBER, 2014

The theme of the conference is Design Management in an Era of Disruption. The management of design has arguably never played such an important role as it does today. Changes to the business and social environment are making consumers more knowledgeable and discerning. 'Tribes' now demand their own types of products. Globally-aware consumers want socially-responsive and sustainable goods. Demanding customers want to be served immediately, if not sooner…

On the supply side, innovations and developments in new technologies make it possible to respond to these demands in the form of mass-niche, mass-customised, or micro niche product strategies. In their turn, these are leading to changes in business models and the location of manufacturing as consumers increasingly participate in the product design and development process. These are all indicative of major disruptions to the ways that products and services are designed, made, and distributed. The role of the designer is in many contexts transformed. The purpose of this conference is to explore how design management is changing in this era of disruption.
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