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International design business management (IDBM)


This programme is only for degree students.

This minor will be offered through FITech for the last time in the academic year 2021-2022. Please check the individual courses for updates regarding future availability.

The International design business management (IDBM) programme helps you become a future creative professional in integrating design and technology with global business development through transdisciplinary teamwork and real-life challenges provided by our renowned industry partners.

IDBM students tackle complex, real-life challenges in multi-disciplinary teams, applying design thinking methods to create meaningful innovations.

IDBM educates students with arts, business and engineering backgrounds to make better business with meaningful innovations and design, providing a strategic view into design-intensive businesses management. Graduates of the IDBM minor programme will be able to drive innovation and lead initiatives to undertake new business ventures within global environments.

Academically rigorous and practice-oriented IDBM programme prepares students to lead and collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams. The objective is to gain knowledge in multiple disciplines and to learn to connect one’s own disciplinary expertise to a wider multi-disciplinary design business framework. During a four-month long real-life industry project students explore and develop innovative product, service and business concepts. Projects are coached by multi-disciplinary faculty and expert industry tutors.

Learning objectives include the abilities to:

  • use a design approach in product, service and business development
  • lead and collaborate in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams, deepening and connecting one’s own disciplinary expertise to a wider business context
  • drive change and development activities in organisations
  • communicate ideas and concepts both verbally and visually at operative and strategic levels
  • understand and utilise academic research in defining and approaching problems in systematic and systemic manner

The minor consists of three obligatory courses:

  • IDBM Challenge,
  • IDBM Capstone: Industry Project, and
  • Advanced topics in IDBM.

IDBM Challenge should be taken before IDBM Capstone: Industry Project. An IDBM-themed individual course Business Model Design is also offered which can be taken separately or in addition to the minor courses.

Please include all three mandatory courses in the same application.

Teaching is mainly online with some contact sessions at Aalto University. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Professor in charge

Aalto University
Niina Nurmi, Professor
Aalto University
Anna-Mari Saari, Programme manager

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Technical studies
Design management,
Industrial engineering and management
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General prerequisites:
Bachelor's degree. Please attach your motivation letter, CV and an official study transcript to your application.
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