Download the Preliminary Program

Download the  Program November 8, 2017

The symposium will be held November 16. and 17. November 2017.

Day 1 invites all participants and attendees to inquire into and examine the role of design within organizations in times of changes and disruptions: How and what is being designed and shaped? What is a product in this context? Does design present a much needed foundation for a theory of change? One that can be applied to address societal and economic challenges and one that can contribute to solutions that are sustainable and improve the quality of life for people? The goal of Day 1 is to identify and generate key questions and key issues through dialogue and inquiry inspired by keynotes, panel discussions and break-out sessions. 

Day 1 starts at  8:30 am with registration and ends at 9 pm after an Apero (a Swiss after work tradition comparable to the US/UK Happy Hour) with all participants and an optional dinner. Separate advance registration for the dinner is required and incurs an additional fee of 50 CHF).

Note: Dinner will be a Swiss Cheese Fondue and Wine. Aged cheese used in fondue is typically ok for people concerned about lactose. If you worry, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required.)


Day 2 provides opportunities to deepen the issues and insights identified on Day 1 in several half-day workshops run by our keynote speakers from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. The workshops will also provide an opportunity for those interested to develop initial concepts for academic papers on the topic and identify possible co-authors.


Prof. Dr. Xianghyang Xin : How Design Research Changes
Chinese Design Education and Practice

Discussion with Panel and Attendees: Are these experiences and approaches transferable to Swiss and European circumstances and contexts? What can we learn? How do design research, design practice, design education and organisations in business and public administration engage with each other? Where are the opportunities, where the challenges?

Enrique Martinez: On the role of design in public policy-making.

Discussion with panel and attendees: What does design in public organisations look like? In Europe in the US? How design perspectives been brought into public administration?

Prof. Dr. Kaja Tooming-Buchanan: Design Theory, Experience Design and Design Strategy for Organizations

Discussion with panel and attendees: What constitutes design research when the product of design is an organisation? How does this challenge our understanding of design theory? What are the foundations of such theories? And how does this connect with practical applications? What are the conditions under which design research can develop and advance such foundational theories at University’s of Applied Sciences?

Catalina Cardozo: “By Maria” – An Example of Design Entrepreneurship, Business Model Development and Design Leadership

Discussion with panel and attendees: Is “By Maria”an isolated instance of design-based organizational development? Does design have a role in any Organization? What makes By Maria different? What is novel? And what are the implications for design education, design research and design practice?

Prof. Dr. Richard Buchanan: Contemporary Design Research Into Organisations – A Summary and Outlook

Our confirmed panel members include Peter Wirz, Founder of Vetica; Dr. Jan Eckert, Head of Master of Design in Art at HSLU D&K; Alenka Bonnard from; Caroline Paulick-Thiel from Germany’s Politics for Tomorrow; Bernhard Schwaller, Chair of the Swiss Association for Administrative Sciences in the Public Sector and Lecturer at the HSLU as well as Jan Erik Baars, Head of the Bachelor of Design Management at HSLU D&K;  Dr. Martin Vogelsang, an expert in venture philantrophy, Regina Hanke, Design Strategist bei Lindgrün, and Design Aktivistin und Forscherin Dr. Priscilla Chueng-Nainby.

Peter Wirz, Dr. Jan Eckert, Dr. Priscilla Chueng-Nainby, and Prof. Dr. Xin Xianghyang in einer der Panelsessions.

Program  17. November

9:00 – 12:30  Workshop Sessions

In several workshops run by our keynote speakers and others, participants have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the topic and to learn about specific methods used in design research. One of the aims of the workshops is to ensure that insights and learning from the previous day find a way back into design research and practice.

Workshop topics will center on Issue Mapping, Human-Centered Design, John Dewey, Business Modeling, Service Design, Design in Government and Public Administration.

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