Design Innovation students to present their papers at International conferences

Two of our current students within the Institute for Design Innovation, Boeun Bethany and Dorota, have had papers accepted for international conferences in Milan and London.

Dorota Biniecka’s paper was accepted for the prestigious R&D Management 2018 Conference which will be hosted by Politecnico di Milano in early July. The paper explores complexities of innovation within the nexus of family-controlled SMEs and how their idiosyncratic characteristics in combination with effective design management can be utilised in pursuit of sustainable competitive advantage.  The article's main objective centres around contribution to how strategically embedded design can enhance long-term growth.

Dorota is studying MSc Design Innovation Management part-time whilst working as a Product Designer in a small family-controlled business. This allows her to link industry knowledge with theory gained at university and apply the learnings immediately in her job role. The paper has been developed as part of a substantial dissertation research project to deliver actionable outcomes which contribute to advancement of case organisations' use of design.

Boeun Bethany Hong’s paper was accepted for the 20th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education which will be hosted by the Imperial College London in early September. The paper is titled ‘Designing For Users: The Global Studio’ and investigates the current situation of university students’ user-construction process using user-centred design (UCD) techniques. The paper examines an international cross-cultural collaborative project undertaken within the Global Studio among seven universities located in different countries.

Boeun Bethany is studying MRes Design Innovation and has a background in design and sociology. From her interdisciplinary background, she wants to explore design within a sociological (critical) viewpoint and investigate the way we can improve the situation. The paper is inspired by the Identity, Culture and Communication module, which has taught her how stereotypes can prevent us from understanding culturally and socially different others. This conference will be a great starting point for her path to be a future researcher.

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