The Convergence of Design+Management

In June 32 PhD. students in the field of design and management joined the PhD. seminar on the convergence of design and management. The seminar was organized in collaboration with Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western University, Cleveland. PhD students from all over the world joined the seminar and testimonials were highly positive. See more here []

The seminar has generated an international network of researchers in design management and has thus inspired to start of an annual tradition of PhD. seminars in the research field. The venue of the 2012 seminar will be announced in the CDCM-Newsletter.


  • Professor Richard Buchanan, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, (editor Design Issues)
    • Professor Poul Rind Christensen, Kolding School of Design & University of Southern Denmark
    • Professor Janet McDonnell, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, (editor Co-Design)
    • Associate Professor Silje Kamille Friis, Kolding School of Design Associate
    • Professor Jakob Lauring, ASB, Aarhus University
    • Lecturer/fellow Sabine Junginger, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin/Contemporary Institute for the Arts and Imagination, Lancaster University.

    Course Concept

    The cross-disciplinary research agenda on design and management gain importance from the rapid transition of society and the contingency challenge faced by organisations. This triggers the meeting of creative designing and management. What then, are the new research agendas emerging from the meeting between design and management? How can we conceptualise this meeting? And how can we research the nexus of design and management in ways that inform and inspire for convergent research agendas?
    The aim of the seminar is to generate conversations on key research themes of importance to the design-management agenda facing us.
    The seminar will build on participants’ proposals for research writings and joint conversations aiming to inspire participants to develop their propositions into final research papers or journal articles. Key notes, supervisions and excursions are arranged in order to inspire conver- sations at the seminar. Finally, the goal is to explore and promote a network based research agenda among young researchers in the fields of management and design.

    Convergence of Design + Management programme