Topic outline

  • General

    Online classroom in zoom:

    This online course advances and deepens students’ understanding of the central topics of international design business management. Course assignments “warm-up” students for Master’s thesis work. Virtual meeting technology, digital facilitation, and webinar (web-based seminar) format enable students to participate in the course from any location.

    Students will conduct literature research on IDBM-related topics, applying theoretical literature, and interviewing professionals working in the related industries. 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.


    2.3. Webinar 1: Introduction to the course, How to write a literature review (Elina Hildén)
    9.3. Webinar 2: The future of design thinking (Elina Hildén) 
    16.3. Webinar 3: Qualitative analysis in design research (Ville Eloranta) (pre-tasksslides, recording in "materials")
    23.3. Webinar 4: Supporting the change from problem-driven to experience-driven design process (Elina Hildén)
    30.3. Webinar 5: Work and organizational design (Niina Nurmi)
    6.4. Webinar 6: How to write a literature review (Elina Hildén)
    20.4. Optional Clinic & mentoring / Independent work – preparing for the webinars
    27.4. Student webinars 1
    4.5. Student webinars 2
    11.5. Student webinars 3
    18.5. Student webinars 4
    25.5. Student webinars 5

    Status of the course

    • IDBM Master Program: Compulsory core course
    • Elective for IDBM Minor Studies

    Level of the course

    • Advanced specialization studies, recommended for 2nd year of the IDBM master program studies

    Teachers in charge

    • Elina Hilden
    • Niina Nurmi

    Learning Outcomes 

    After completing this online course, students should have:

    • 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.
    • Ability to work effectively in distributed virtual teams
    • Skills and experience on facilitating webinars and giving engaging online presentations for large audience
    • Readiness for Master’s thesis work 

    Assessment Methods and Criteria

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


    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, 3500-4500 words) 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

    • Pre-readings for lectures; literature and other materials suggested for each research theme.
    • Pre-reading: Webster, J., & Watson, R. T. (2002). Analyzing the past to prepare for the future: Writing a literature review. MIS quarterly, xiii-xxiii.

    Learning environment

    • Mycourses and Zoom (webinars and online teaching sessions).
    • Please download free Zoom client app from (desktop version strongly recommended)


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    • English

    More information

    • Elina Hilden