Ken Friedman is University Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor of Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
He is also a Fellow of The Policy Lab of Boston, Massachusetts and Guest Professor at the Tongji University College of Design and Innovation.
Ken Friedman works at the intersection of three fields: design, management,and art.
Friedman works with theory construction and research methodology for design, with a focus on strategic design for value creation and economic innovation.
Friedman has done research in philosophy of design, doctoral education in design, knowledge management, and philosophy of science.
In 2007, Friedman was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Design at Swinburne, aposition he held through 2012. He worked with national design policy in Australia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Wales, and state design policy in Victoria, Australia.
He has developed international research networks and conferences in design research and he is an editor of the Journal of Design Research and the journal Artifact and an editorial board member of Design Studies, the International Journal of Design, and Design and Culture.
He helped to establish the Design Research Alliance, the alliance of eight leading universities in design research, including Technological University of Delft, Aalto University, Loughborough University, National ChenKung University, Politecnico di Milano, Hong Kong Polytechnic University,Tongji University, and Swinburne, and he is Vice Chairman of the DRA.
Friedman is a Council Member of the Design Research Society and a memberof the executive board of The Interaction Design Foundation.
He co-chaired the La Clusaz Conference on Doctoral Education in Design in 2000, the European Academy of Management Conference in 2006, the Design Research Society Conference in 2006, the Cumulus International Conference in 2009, and the Hong Kong Conference on Doctoral Education in Design in 2011, as well as chairing international conferences on Design Thinking in 2009 and Strategic Design: Value Creation for Business and Industry in 2012.
In 2007, Loughborough University honored Friedman with the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, for outstanding contributions to design research. In 1990, Friedman created the first course in strategic design in Europe for the Oslo Business School, one of the first in the world.
From 1994 to 2009, he was Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design at the Norwegian School of Management, where he worked on the knowledge economy, culture, and leadership. From 2003 to 2009, he held a research appointment at Denmark’s Design School and the Danish Design Research Center in Copenhagen.