International Design Business Management

Director of the Master's Programme

Prof. Peter McGrory (for IDBM ARTS)

Learning Outcomes

The International Design Business Management (IDBM) is a joint master’s programme between Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business, and School of Science. IDBM educates students with arts, business and engineering backgrounds as T-shaped professionals providing them with a strategic view into management of international design-intensive businesses, operations, and product and service development. The objective is to gain knowledge in multiple disciplines and to learn to connect one’s own disciplinary expertise to a wider multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary design business framework. The global approach of IDBM program prepares students to work in multi-cultural settings and collaborate across national and cultural boundaries.

Learning Outcomes of the Master’s Programme in International Design Business Management:

Graduates of the IDBM programme will be able to manage and lead initiatives and other individuals in order to undertake new business ventures within global environments.

This includes the ability to:

  • use a design approach in product, service and business development
  • bring design thinking into business management and leadership
  • explore, create and implement creative and cross-cutting new business opportunities within complex, ambiguous problem settings and environments
  • lead development activities and change initiatives in organizations
  • 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 an operative and strategic level
  • understand and utilizing academic research including defining and approaching problems in a systematic and systemic manner

Education Content

Studying consists of the IDBM core studies, the ARTS identity studies and the BIZ/Tech skills studies.  The main part of the IDBM core studies is the industry project. Academically rigorous and practice-oriented, the IDBM programme prepares students to lead and collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams. The aim is to create enhanced abilities to recognize and acknowledge value in the tools, practices and mental models of other disciplines. During a six-month long real-life industry project students explore and develop innovative products, services and business concepts. Projects are coached by multi-disciplinary faculty and expert industry tutors. The ARTS identity studies give the student the chance to deepen the student’s knowledge in design discipline. In order to gain knowledge in multiple disciplines and in order to connect student’s own disciplinary expertise to a wider framework, the BIZ/Tech skills studies are offered.

 

IDBM ARTS Major Studies 82 ECTS

Course code

Name

ECTS Credits

Compulsory studies in Department of Design

12

MUO-E0000

INTRO

2

MUO-E0001        

Design and Culture

4

MUO-E0002

Design research

4

MUO-E0004

Thesis seminar

2

Compulsory Common IDBM Core studies

40

JOIN-E7006

IDBM Challenge

5

MUO-E9009

Corporate Entrepreneurship and Design

5

TU-C2021

Operations Management

5

26E04350

Business Model Design

5

JOIN-E7005 

IDBM Industry Project

15

26E04903

IDBM Capstone: Global Virtual Teamwork

5

Master's Thesis

30

MUO.thes

Master's Thesis

30

 

Alternative and Elective studies 38 ECTS

Course code

Name

ECTS Credits

Alternative ARTS Identity studies, Choose

10

MUO-E1007

Product Portfolio Management

5-10

MUO-E1026

Design Driven Foresight 

10

MUO-E3024

User Inspired Design Knowing L

5

MUO-E3025

User Inspired Design Making

5

MUO-E3006

Experience Driven Design 

5-10 

MUO-E3028 Strategic Co-design L 5
MUO-E3029 Strategic Co-design Reading L 5
MUO-E3008 Designing for Services  5-10 
MUO-E3020 Designing Interactions  10 

MUO-E9008

Systemic Innovation and Design

5

BIZ Skills studies, Choose

21E10000

How to Change the World: Innovation toward Sustainability  6

21E11001 

Dialogues on Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy 

21E16000 

Sustainable Business and Consumption 

21E16100

Energy Business and Innovation 

23A00110

Introduction to Marketing (only in Finnish)

23C60000

Market Research 

23E47000

Digital Marketing 

25E31000

Entrepreneurship and Managing Innovations 

25E44000

Venture Formation 

25E50000

Venture Ideation 

26E00250

Doing Business in Russia 

26E00800

Global Marketing Management  6

26E05000

Game Industry: Born Global, Innovative and Digital 

71E00200

Communication in Strategy Work  6

75E17000

Media Management 

75E21000

Corporate Communication in Global Contexts 

Tech Skills studies, Choose 

3-5

CS-C3120

Human-Computer Interaction 5

CS-E5110

Management of a Technology Venture

CS-E5340

Introduction to Industrial Internet 5

PHYS-C1380

Multi-disciplinary Energy Perspectives 5
TU-E4030 Opportunity Prototyping 3

Elective Studies

18 (20*)

MUO-E9007 Project Module  2-10 

Students choose 18 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can complete minor studies and/or take individual courses from other programmes at Aalto University or other Finnish universities, participate in an international student exchange programme, do an internship in Finland or abroad. *Please note that in case of exchange studies at least 20 ECTS needs to be completed in order to receive exchange grant.

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