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8th International Forum on Design Management Research and Education

Call for Papers


Papers submitted for refereeing are expected to be serious and original contributions to the field of Design Management. Contributions which cover design management specifically are welcome. In addition, we welcome submissions that address design management from the perspective of a wide range of disciplines and/or demonstrate the relationship between design management and other areas of research.

We are interested in papers which cover design management theory building, design management practice, and design management teaching, including pedagogical tools and techniques.

There should be evidence of the following:

1. Original thought
The work should illustrate how the ideas arose and why the paper is of value. The concepts should be the original work of the author(s), and the paper should clearly indicate where it has built on other work.

2. Rigorous research methodology
If empirical research is being presented, the research methodology should be clearly stated and show evidence of rigor -- for example, in terms of validity and reliability.

3. Relevance to the field
The paper should clearly illustrate the relevance of the work to the field of Design Management.

4. Revelation in terms of contribution to knowledge
The work should contribute to the body of knowledge which already exists in the field of Design Management, and the paper should indicate how this has been achieved.

Empirical Research Submissions

Such research should be presented clearly indicating the hypothesis which was tested, the research methodology, and the method of analysis. It should be clearly stated how the findings and the recommendations were derived if any statistical techniques were applied.

Conceptual Submissions

Papers which build a conceptual model or theory should present the argument through reference to other works in the field, indicating the thoroughness by which the concepts have been developed. The resulting concepts should be clearly and simply described or illustrated. Literature citations should be made in a uniform style in text and footnotes.

Submissions in both of the above categories will be accepted as refereed papers, working papers, or discussion abstracts.

Submission Deadlines

Abstract Deadline: Past deadline; call DMI for information on submitting late entries
Final Paper Deadline: September 2, 1996
Paper Submission Form

General Guidelines

Submissions should be original and not scheduled for any other presentation within three months of the Forum.
  • Four copies of your paper must be sent with the completed proposal submission form by September 2, 1996.
  • Submissions should be double-spaced on A4 or 8.5" by 11" paper, with one-inch margins on all sides. For papers selected for publication, diskettes will be required.
  • Faxed manuscripts will not be accepted.

Selection Criteria

Refereed Papers will be reviewed anonymously by at least two specialists guided by the Research Advisory Council. Papers to be refereed should be about 5,000 words, not including title page, abstract page, exhibits (figures, graphs and tables), footnotes and references.

Working Papers, as research or conceptual work-in-progress, will be reviewed by the Forum Committee and should be 2000 words in length.

Discussion Abstracts will be reviewed by the Forum Committee and should be no more than 200 words.


A select group of papers will be published in full in the Forum '96 Proceedings. A portion of the other papers selected for presentation will be represented in the Proceedings by an abstract of not more than 200 words.

Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed by the Forum Committee or outside reviewers within each Block on the basis of: 1) Original thought; 2) Rigorous research methodology; 3) Relevance to the field; 4) Revelation in terms of contribution to knowledge.

Program Participation

Participants must present their contributions in person. All participants must register for the Forum and pay the full registration fee for nonmembers of $300 for academics ($245 for academic members) and $625 for corporate participants ($500 corporate members). To register, use our registration form. Your registration is not confirmed until full payment is received. Further information on the daily schedule, hotel accommodations and travel arrangements will be sent with your registration confirmation. The Institute does not provide honoraria or reimburse travel expenses.

This document was last updated August 1, 1996.

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