Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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 virtual collaboration environments
  3. Skills and experience on facilitating webinars and giving engaging online presentations for large audience
  4. Readiness for Master s thesis work

Credits: 5

Schedule: 28.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Elina Hilden

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 virtual collaboration environments and for facilitating engaging virtual meetings & webinars.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course is intended only for those studying in IDBM program, see for more information. The course is compulsory for IDBM master students. Attendance is required.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II, Spring IV-V

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II, Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.