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: 3

Schedule: 27.02.2024 - 09.04.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Astrid Huopalainen

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. Individual literature review paper
    2. Webinar presentation in groups
    3. Personal contribution and activity (attendance and active participation)

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course heavily relies on theoretical literature, case analyses, and webinar & online discussions. Consequently, you are expected to thoroughly study all assigned readings before each webinar session and actively engage in online discussions. Additionally, you will be required to compose a literature review (approximately 10 pages) focusing on an advanced IDBM-specific topic of your interest. Furthermore, you will report insights gained from an interview conducted with an industrial professional regarding how the reviewed academic literature aligns with their business experiences. Lastly, you will be tasked with planning and conducting an engaging webinar aimed at instructing your fellow IDBM students on advanced knowledge related to the topics covered in your group work.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2022-2023 Spring IV - V
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Spring IV - V

    Enrollment :

    IDBM Master's student or IDBM minor student