DMI has a long history of international involvement and cultural diversity, dating back more than two decades. Many people around the world rely on DMI as the central hub and source of information about design management, design leadership, and design thinking. This is in alignment with DMI’s mission: To be the international authority, resource and advocate on design management. In keeping with this mission, DMI’s programs span the globe.
Founded in 1997, the highly-regarded Design/Management Europe Conference is usually held in late winter or early spring. Past locations have included London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, and Barcelona. This high-level event attracts executives, managers, consultants, and educators from around the world.
The biennial International Forum on Design Management Research and Education rotates between Europe, Asia, and North America. Founded in 1989, the Forum is a gathering of researchers and educators whose work embraces problems and issues related to the field of design management.
DMI has long fostered a broad international base for membership, and international members now comprise almost half of the member base. DMI has members in more than 40 different countries and on every continent, making a uniquely broad and international network.
The Design Management Review is the world’s leading publication dedicated to design as a strategic business resource. Authors are drawn from around the world, and specific issues often focus on international issues. The Design Management Journal is DMI’s annual refereed publication. Papers are usually selected from education conferences that rotate between Europe, Asia, and North America. Both publications have an international readership, and are published by Wiley-Blackwell, which has a strong international distribution network.
DMI leadership is drawn from a broad international base. The DMI Advisory Council has members from 18 countries, and the DMI Research Advisory Council has members from a dozen countries. Members of both Councils provide an important liaison between DMI and member needs around the world.
As a global community of practitioners and educators, one of the objectives of DMI is to understand and meet regional and local professional development needs. To meet the needs of the international community we are continually reevaluating our approach to membership, publishing, conferences, seminars, and research. Our goal is to increase member value around the world. Our objective is to increase our effectiveness of knowledge sharing, increase local relevancy, and increase member value internationally. We are open to suggestions for new programs and new modes of distribution. Please feel free to email DMI with ideas.
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