Credits: 5

Schedule: 16.04.2019 - 21.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Niina Nurmi
Ville Eloranta

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Periods II, IV (2018-2019)
Periods I-II, IV-V (2019-2020)
the course is organized twice a year

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing this online course, students should have:

  1. A deeper theoretical and practical understanding of international design business management and its central topics such as creative leadership, design management, design thinking, diversity and creativity, and change management.
  2. Ability to work effectively in distributed virtual teams
  3. Skills and experience on facilitating webinars and giving engaging online presentations for large audience
  4. Readiness for Master’s thesis work

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This online course advances and deepens students’ understanding on the central topics of international design business management. Course assignments “warm-up” students for Master’s thesis work. Students will conduct literature research on IDBM-related topics, applying theoretical literature and interviewing professionals working in the related industries. Virtual meeting technology, digital facilitation, and webinar (web-based seminar) format enable students to participate in the course from any location. Along with the advanced academic knowledge on international design business management, this course provides tools and methods for working effectively in global virtual teams and for facilitating engaging virtual meetings & webinars.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

1. Research paper
2. Webinar presentation
3. Personal contribution and activity (attendance and participation)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course builds heavily on case analyses, and webinar & online discussions. Therefore, you are expected to study all pre-readings prior to each webinar and actively participate in online discussions. You will also write a literature review (10 - 12 pages) of an IDBM-specific topic of interest to you and report insights from an interview with industrial professional about how the reviewed academic literature resonates with his or her business experiences. Finally, you will plan and run a webinar to teach your fellow IDBM students advanced knowledge about the topics of which you wrote the literature review.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Pre-readings for lectures; literature and other materials suggested for each research theme.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration through Weboodi

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is compulsory for IDBM master students. Attendance is required.


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