The Center for Design+Innovation (cD+i) is where ideas are transformed into actions. Through a unique blending of design, management and technology, the cD+i envisions and builds better possibilities for the future. The cD+i works with leaders in the fields of design, management and technology to deliver cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and action-oriented education programs at all levels. The cD+i also carries out bold and transformative research initiatives that go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. The cD+i is a home for a dynamic mix of scholars, students, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and scientists who are pursuing breakthrough ideas by collaborating with various stakeholders to address pressing societal challenges by creating solutions that are economically sustainable, environmentally responsible and humanly satisfying.
The cD+i is founded through the generous support of the Fox School of Business and Management and the Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT). It is affiliated with the MIS department, which was recently ranked #1 in the world for its research productivity in year 2010, and the Strategic Management department at the Fox School. The cD+i draws on world-renowned faculty members of Temple University from business, computer and information sciences, design, electrical engineering, biology and urban geography. The cD+i collaborates with other groups at Temple University including IBIT, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, the Center for Competitive Government, and Temple University Computer Services. The cD+i works closely with a network of the world’s leading institutions and corporations. The cD+i has an advisory board comprising leaders in design, management and technology who meet bi-annually to provide strategic guidance for the Center’s activities.
The cD+i is supported by membership and research grants to cover its research, education and outreach programs. The cD+i’s research is organized into a set of Strategic Research Initiatives (SRIs) that are co-sponsored by a group of members and a group of cD+i faculty members on a targeted common research topic. For example, currently, the Center is developing an SRI on future digital cities as operating systems. The cD+i provides individual student or faculty-led projects sponsored by an individual member.