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Design as driver of innovation and competitiveness

Objective

DESMA is a training network including 4 leading universities, 4 design consultancies and 4 product and service organizations in the area of Design Management - an area of research and practice that is concerned with the dynamic intersection of design and management. The great potential of design as a driver of innovation and competitiveness is increasingly celebrated in the popular and scholarly management press, by European policy makers as well as manufacturing and service companies. However, the marriage between design and management is not always easy. The two fields have different historical roots, educational traditions and research foci. A divergence reflected in professional cultures and skills of practising designers, engineers and business graduates.
In order to fully exploit the exciting potential of design as driver of innovation and competitiveness, we need researchers who can who can bridge the design and management divide within industry as well as academia. This entails being able to work at the intersection of the two fields, with a deep understanding of their respective languages, epistemologies, and practices, as well as the different perspectives of academia and practice.
The overall objective of this programme is to create and support a new generation of design management researchers with this capability.
The project is based on close collaboration among the partners through courses, conferences and other common activities, as well as through the research projects. While the consortium represents leading actors in the field of design management today, we have adopted an open strategy aiming to include and collaborate with other universities, companies and interest groups in Europe. The aim is to create a common platform for progressing design management research in Europe that will live long after the end of this project.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 544 067
Administrative Contact
Ludde Edgren (Dr.)

Participants (12)

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 284 779
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Toni-Matti Karjalainen (Dr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 283 201
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 267 885
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Clementina Saccenti (Dr.)
LIVEWORK NORDIC AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 269 567
Address
Schweigaardsgate 34D
0192 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Falch (Mr.)
ENGINE CREATIVE CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 261 200
Address
Mill Street New Concordia 6A
SE1 2BB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martine Steel (Ms.)
FUTURE CONCEPT LAB SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 245 886
Address
Via Benedetto Marcello 4
20124 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Annalisa Positano (Ms.)
ERGONOMIDESIGN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 233 572
Address
Missionsvagen 24
16714 Bromma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Birgitta Sunden (Ms.)
VOLVO LASTVAGNAR AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 233 572
Address
C/o Volvo Business Services Ab
405 08 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lisa Ekelund (Ms.)
POLTRONA FRAU SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 245 886
Address
Via Vincenzo Vela 42
10128 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Bellesini (Mr.)
PHILIPS OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 262 779
Address
Ayritie 4
01511 Vantaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rob Kommeren (Mr.)
Living Labs Global
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 247
Address
Vestre Lagunevej 7
2680 Solroed Strand
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jacob Rasmussen (Dr.)
INNOHUB OY

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Metsanpojankuja 3
02130 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rob Kommeren (Mr.)