International design business management (IDBM)
Courses included in the programme:
Implementation method: Online & few face-to-face sessions in Espoo. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
IDBM Challenge is the introductory course for new minor students of the IDBM programme. This course brings together students from diverse educational backgrounds, and provides a setting for combining theory with practice to design bold solutions to a societal challenges that will affect people’s lives on a global scale. Through practical experience and learning-by-doing, students acquire the skills to conceptualise, develop and introduce socially sound and commercially successful solutions.
Students are presented with a complex challenge to test and forge their skills, and are taught to recognise and harness the unique working styles of their team members as well as their own.
During this course, we will focus on the following learning objectives:
- Understanding the dynamics between the individual, the team, and community. This will be based on readings, exercises during the class, as well as individual and team assignments.
- Apply the skills you learn and practice through readings, talks, and exercises to propose your solution to the challenge.
- Analyse the current situation and in multi-disciplinary teams connect the present state of things with how you envision the world.
- In multi-disciplinary teams, learn to apply design-driven methods and processes to create a solution to a pressing societal challenge.
Implementation method: Mainly online learning, including contact lessons in Turku.
The IDBM Industry project course follows challenge-based learning approach of instruction where students participate in real-life business projects and practice working in multi-disciplinary teams. Industry projects are assigned by industrial companies for developing innovative business concepts using design thinking methodology.
The project teams are multi-disciplinary and the team members represent different fields of technology, business and design. Together these perspectives support the development of interdisciplinary and diverse competence.
Students apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned in other IDBM programme courses in the project work, practicing combining theory into real-life business development. To support this interaction, online study materials, webinars, and supervising field experts offer mentoring for each project team.
After completing the course, students should be able to:
- Explore and create creative and cross-cutting new business opportunities within complex, ambiguous problem settings and environments.
- Apply design thinking process and tools in product, service, business, and/or ecosystem development.
- Solve real-world problems creatively.
- Design and conduct research in the project contexts.
- Connect one’s own disciplinary expertise to a wider multi-disciplinary design business context.
- Lead and collaborate in a multi-cultural multi-disciplinary team.
- Communicate ideas and concepts both verbally and visually in and outside the team on both operative and strategic levels.
This online course advances and deepens students’ understanding on the central topics of international design business management. Students will conduct research studies on IDBM-related topics, applying theoretical literature and interviewing professionals working in the related industries. Course assignments “warm-up” students for their master’s thesis. Virtual learning technology 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 global virtual teams and for facilitating engaging virtual meetings & webinars.
After completing this online course, students should have:
- A deeper theoretical and practical understanding of international design business management and it’s central topics such as design management, leadership for creativity, design thinking, human-centered design, 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 to start their master’s thesis.