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. Enhanced theoretical and practical understanding of international design business management and its central topics, including leadership for creativity, design management, co-creativity and AI, design thinking, and diversity and creativity.
  2. Ability to work effectively in virtual collaboration environments
  3. Competence and experience in facilitating webinars and delivering engaging online presentations for large audiences
  4. Readiness for Master's thesis work

Credits: 3

Schedule: 22.10.2024 - 26.11.2024

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:

    What are the current advanced topics in International Design Business Management (IDBM), particularly amidst a myriad of pressing contemporary challenges? How can these topics be researched, addressed, and tackled? This online course aims to advance and deepen students' understanding of the varied, advanced topics in IDBM. Equipping oneself with analytical tools to confront both major and minor challenges is increasingly imperative for a wide spectrum of IDBM professionals. Throughout this course, we collectively explore various advanced topics in IDBM utilizing theories, case studies, and peer dialogues. Together, we aim to enhance your ability to analyze, comprehend, and address these topics. Moreover, we will delve into the possibilities and challenges associated with leading for creativity and innovation within organizations. This course aims to advance your understanding of the core themes in IDBM, encompassing creative leadership, diversity and creativity, co-creativity in the era of AI, and more. Students will conduct literature research on IDBM-related topics, applying theoretical literature and interviewing professionals working in related industries. Virtual meeting technology, digital facilitation, and webinar formats enable students to participate in the course from any location. Alongside advanced academic knowledge of IDBM, this course provides tools and methods for effectively working in virtual collaboration environments and for facilitating engaging virtual meetings & webinars. The course assignments will serve as preparation for Master's thesis work.

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
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I - II
    2024-2025 Spring IV - V
    2025-2026 Autumn I - II
    2025-2026 Spring IV - V


    The course is only for IDBM students.