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 design business framework.
Academically rigorous and practice-oriented 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 product, service and business concepts. Projects are coached by multi-disciplinary faculty and expert industry tutors.
The global approach of IDBM program prepares students to work in multi-cultural settings and collaborate across national and cultural boundaries. On the practical level, the global aspect refers to the continuous development of international networks through student selection, industry cooperation, research activities and study exchange. Additionally, students of IDBM master's programme are offered an opportunity to extend their studies to a double degree with ESADE Business School in Barcelona Spain.
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:
Professor Niina Nurmi, Director of the IDBM Programme
IDBM programme website
|JOIN-E7006||IDBM Challenge||5 cr||I|
|MUO-E9009||Corporate Entrepreneurship and Design||5 cr||II|
|TU-C2021||Operations Management||5 cr||I-II|
|26E04350||Business Model Design||5 cr||III|
|JOIN-E7005||IDBM Industry Project||15 cr||II-V|
|26E04903||IDBM Capstone: Global Virtual Teamwork *||5 cr||I-II|
|26E99910||Master’s Thesis||30 cr||I-V|
|26E99905||Master’s Thesis Seminar||6 cr||I, IV|
|26E99903||Maturity Test||0 cr||I-V|
|26E04902||IDBM Special Assignment||2 cr||I-V|
|Choose 6 cr:|
|26E03100||Driving Global Businesses||6 cr||I|
|21E00030||Strategy Work||6 cr||II|
|25E18000||Sustainable Entrepreneurship||6 cr||IV|
|26E03400||People Management in Multinational Organizations||6 cr||IV|
|21E11001||Dialogues on Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy||6 cr||V|
|21E00035||Management and Strategy Book Club I||6 cr||I-V|
Minor Studies are chosen from relevant business school disciplines, from other study modules at Aalto University or other available minor studies programmes, for instance, based on studies in a foreign university as an exchange student. Students must complete the minor studies module to complete the degree.
Students are highly recommended to take ARTS and TECH skills courses as elective studies. The skills courses aim to widen students' perspective and T-profile by providing basic understanding, knowledge and skills from the fields of arts, design and technology.
|MUO-E8021||Participatory Methods and Facilitation Skills||5 cr||I-II|
|DOM-E5089||Games Now!||3-5 cr||I-V|
|MUO-E8020||Sustainable Product and Service Design, Theory||5 cr||II|
|MUO-E8018||Sustainability Politics||5 cr||I|
|MUO-E8012||Design for Government||10 cr||IV-V|
|MUO-C0005||Design Theory and Methodology||3 cr||I|
|MUO-C0110||What to Design?||5 cr||II|
|TU-E4040||Opportunity Prototyping||3 cr||I|
|CS-C3120||Human-Computer Interaction||5 cr||I-II|
|CS-E4900||User-Centered Methods for Product and Service Design||5 cr||I-II|
|CS-E5110||Management of a Technology Venture||5 cr||
|PHYS-C1380||Multi-disciplinary Energy Perspectives||5 cr||III-IV|