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An international conference organized by
Norwegian School of Management Nordic Innovation Project
Design Research Society
ICS - Interactive Coaching Services

Co-sponsored by
The Norwegian School of Management Center for Knowledge Management
Staffordshire University Advanced Research Institute


The past five years have seen a dramatic growth in all areas of design research. New professional demands, emerging research streams, and the new educational challenges of the knowledge economy are reshaping the context of design. As universities around the world develop models of doctoral education in design, the challenges involved mirror these larger forces.

Conference themes

This conference will focus on four central themes

1) philosophies and theories of design
2) foundations and methods of design research
3) form and structure for the doctorate in design
4) the relationship between practice and research in design.

A distinguished international group will meet at Doctoral Education in Design to consider these issues. Participants will present findings, debate ideas, and propose benchmarks for the future development of the PhD in design. Participants will interact and confer in each session and in breakout workshops. This conference will encourage significant working relationships among participants, leading to research alliances and partnership agreements among schools.

A careful refereeing process will select papers. The number of participants will be limited to ensure a high quality international audience positioned to make decisions on the future of doctoral education in design within their universities. We also believe that such an audience will be able to generate a broad dialogue useful to the wider field. Selected papers will be published in a conference book.

Conference sessions

Session 1. Philosophies and theories of design.

The character and epistemology of a field define its parameters. Exploring these issues will be a central issue of the next decade for doctoral education in design and for design research. We must articulate a philosophy of design that considers the general principles under which the phenomena of design are comprehended, explained, and structured. Session 1 will address the central challenges in the philosophy of science and theory development for the field of design.

Session 2. Foundations and methods of design research.

There is no single set of research methods for design research. A rich diversity of methods has been developed for the field of design and adapted from other fields with new methods under development. We have begun to examine the foundations of these methods for suitability and rigor. The simultaneous location of design research within natural science, social science, technology and the humanities poses unique challenges to the issue of method. Session 2 will examine these issues and highlight areas of strength and weakness in current method and directions for fruitful application..

Session 3. Form and structure for the doctorate in design.

A doctorate in design may be awarded in several subject disciplines and involve a range of doctoral traditions. Despite differences, there seems to be a common form to the PhD project based on a written thesis with an oral defense. While many issues in design research and doctoral traditions vary from field to field, there is strong consensus on issues of form and structure. Session 3 will attempt to develop an international consensus statement on appropriate forms of PhD study that will be useful at the local level while helping to develop the field across national boundaries. The session will also attempt to establish international guidelines helpful to directors of doctoral programmes and doctoral supervisors. Finally, the session will consider issues of program and department structure appropriate to the integrative and interdisciplinary nature of doctoral programs in design.

Session 4. The relationship between practice and research in design.

Design integrates several fields with different research traditions and competing methodological claims. The relationship between theory and practice poses a challenging problem for doctoral education in design. Design disciplines such as engineering or computer systems have well established doctoral traditions. Others, such as industrial design or information design, have hardly begun. The relationship between practice and theory is a challenge in established fields and new areas. This gives rise to debate on what is called "practice-based research." Session 4 will address the general issue of the relationship between practice and theory and the specific issue of "practice-based research."

Presentation Guidelines - Author Guidelines

The call for papers is now finished, and papers have been refereeed. We have had an exceptional response both in quantity and quality. Authors should follow the links below for extensive formal advice and guidelines about how to present and submit their papers.

Guidelines for Presentations
Guidelines for Authors

Enquiries about the CONFERENCE PROGRAMME to:


The Call for Papers is now closed - Authors have been notified!

For authors:
Final papers due: 26 May 2000 (please note the change of date)
Guidelines for Presentations
Guidelines for Authors
Further details of the programme will be made available on the conference website:


Registration is now open. For full information about REGISTERING please send an email to:

* Conference registration: 250 pounds UK
* Early booking special deal - Conference registration before 9 June 2000: 225 pounds UK
* Special DRS member rate - Conference registration (DRS members only) before 9 June 2000: 200 pounds UK

Conference fee includes:

- conference pack containing the programme and proceedings
- all refreshments
- record of sessions
- post conference book published by Elsevier, due December 2000

Also, free special workshops - after the formal conference, there will be a number of specialist workshops dealing with subjects such as:

- doctoral supervision
- research methods
- activity theory
- 4D design for behaviour and process

Further details of registration will be made available on the conference website:

To Register

Send a registration request to


with the information we will need for the conference roster:

Preferred address for conference communication

Conference registration by phone or fax at Ken Friedman home office:
+46 (46) 53.245 Telephone
+46 (46) 53.345 Telefax

or by email:

Those who wish to provide contact information at work and home are free to do so.

We will reply with payment details and information on travel and accomodations.


All conference participants will receive three publications:

- The proceedings will be published in book form by Staffordshire University Press, and will be delivered to delegates on arrival.

- The record of sessions will transcribe conference dialogue, response to papers and open sessions. The Norwegian School of Management Nordic Innovation Project will publish the record of sessions, and will be delivered to all participants on departure.

- Following the conference, selected authors will be invited to revise papers into chapters for a book aimed at an international audience of academic readers and research scholars. The book will be mailed to all participants in December 2000. Elsevier will publish the book.

All three publications are included in the conference fee.
Together these publications are worth over 90 pounds UK.

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Delegates will book their own accommodation with our four-star conference hotel. We have negotiated special rates for conference participants. Details will be provided at the time of registration. The costs of accommodation are:

- 660 French francs per day for 1 person, including gourmet meals and all wine at the meals.

- a second person sharing a room pays only 330 francs per day.

La Clusaz is a beautiful resort village in the French Alps with choice location and close proximity to Geneva Airport. For delegates arriving on the Saturday there will be a guide located at the airport to help with ground transportation to La Clusaz.


Conference begins: 1700 hours on Saturday 8 July 2000 (informal reception, introductions and welcome dinner)

Conference ends: 1700 hours on Wednesday 12 July 2000

Workshops: 13 and 14 July 2000

Full details of the conference programme and workshops will be made available on the conference website:


Six scholarships covering the full conference fee are available to doctoral candidates willing to help with conference management. To claim a place, email


The working language of the conference is English.

Conference committee


David Durling, Staffordshire University, UK
Ken Friedman, Norwegian School of Management, Norway

International Conference Committee:

Bruce Archer, Royal College of Art (Professor Emeritus), UK
Richard Buchanan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Nigel Cross, Open University, UK
Clive Dilnot, Hong Kong Technical University, China
John Heskett, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Ming-Chyuan Ho, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Lorraine Justice, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Klaus Krippendorff, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Kun-Pyo Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Johan Olaisen, Norwegian School of Management, Norway
Sharon Poggenpohl, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Keith Russell, University of Newcastle, Australia
Chris Rust, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Anders Skoe, ICS - Interactive Coaching Services, Switzerland
Kazuo Sugiyama, Chiba University, Japan
Cal Swann, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Khaldoun Zreik, University of Caen, France

Information about the La Clusaz area

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