HDK & the School of Business, Economics and Law

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HDK & the School of Business, Economics and Law

HDK & the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg 40 million for collaborative innovation The University of Gothenburg's breadth offers great possibilities for interesting and innovative interdisciplinary cooperation. HDK - the Academy of Design and Crafts and the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg currently cooperate in several ways: The Business & Design Lab is a joint meeting place for research that stimulates fresh ideas and business development. HDK also offers a master programme in Business & Design.


Torsten Söderbergs Foundation is donating forty million Swedish kronor towards collaborative innovation. 
 

  • Torsten Söderbergs sFoundation is donating forty million Swedish kronor towards collaborative innovation between HDK - the Academy of Design and Craft and the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. 
  • The function of the Torsten Söderberg Foundation is to support science and teaching that can benefit Sweden as a nation. It is in this light that we are now giving 40 million kronor to HDK - the School of Design and Craft. The aim is that, in conjunction with the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, HDK will in the long-term develop knowledge and research within an area situated in the borderland between design and economics, says Tomas Söderberg, chairman of the Torsten Söderberg Foundation.
  • The donation will contribute to establishing a professorship at HDK that will be named the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Chair in Design Management.
  • The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Chair in Design Management is a further important stage in this cooperation. These ventures are based on active collaboration with trade and industry and the design sector. Together the schools want to develop knowledge within a hitherto relatively unresearched field: the point of intersection between thinking in terms of design and thinking in terms of economics.

 


We are naturally very proud and pleased about the donation, which will provide such substantial support for the collaborative project we have initiated, say Hans Hedberg and Rolf Wolff, deans for the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts and the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg respectively.

 


The donation was officially presented at an event for a specially invited audience on 16 May 2008, at the University of Gothenburg. John Thackara, an international expert within design, innovation and sustainable development from Britain, gave a lecture at the event entitled "Collaborative innovation is the way of the future - but it needs to be organised".

The Torsten Söderberg Foundation was set up in 1960 through a donation from Mr. and Mrs. Torsten and Wanja Söderberg. The function of the foundation is to promote scientific teaching and studies, preferably within the fields of economics, medicine and jurisprudence. During 2007 the foundation awarded some 115 million kronor for scientific and related purposes.

 

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