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Dr Karen Miller

Visiting Industrial Fellow and Researcher

Design Management, Industrial Sustainability

 

Industrial Sustainability/Design Management

 

 

Current Positions

Karen Miller is researching for project REDRESS at the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability (Centre for Industrial Sustainability). Her research topics include: new business model development for sustainability, and innovative methods to affect behavioral change in consumers’ patterns related to the consumption, use and disposal of clothing.

 

She is also responsible for embedding effective design and innovation approaches in the MPhil Industrial Systems Manufacturing Management (ISMM) programme. Part of the role involves supervising students’ research where it aligns with her expertise and interests.

 

Karen’s other position is Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton (Business Management for Fashion & Textiles and Fashion Communications). At Brighton she supervises doctoral students involved in researching fashion and sustainability.

   

Background

In 2014 Karen completed her PhD with the Design Management Group in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. She investigated the characteristics (roles and skills) of design leaders in large fashion retailers, using historiographical and other novel graphical elicitation techniques. Karen developed an understanding of leadership skills, and the relationships between leadership and organisational performance in the fashion retail industry.  

 

Before joining academia, Karen had an industrial career with over twenty-five years of experience, culminating as Design and Innovation Director in leading international retail organisations and design consultancies - these included Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and Kingfisher. This experience both informs, and offers access/networking opportunities for her research.

 

Research interests

include (amongst others):

 

  • Leadership of design and innovation capabilities
  • Design thinking and design doing at an individual and organisational level
  • Sustainable business model innovation
  • Behavioral change towards sustainability in fashion
  • Historical development of the fashion and textile industry

 

Contact

If you are interested in discussing matters that relate to my research please contact me at: km531@cam.ac.uk.

 

Publications

 

Miller, K. (2016). Visionary leadership: Learning from exemplary organisations. In: Vecchi, A. & Buckley, C. (eds.), Handbook of Research on Global Fashion Management and Merchandising (pp.1-32). IGI Global.

 

Park, C., Miller, K., Evans, S., & Bamford, I. (2016). Agile business model innovation in an incumbent company context: UK industry-academic collaboration case. Proceedings from Academic International Conference on Business, Marketing and Management (AICBMM) 2016 Conference Proceedings, (pp. 6-17). Boston, USA, 5th-7th April 2016. ISBN: 978-1-911185-05-5 (Online).

 

Connor-Crabb, A., Miller, K., & Chapman, J. (2016). Design strategies for the eternal reoccurrence of the new. Fashion Practice, 8(1), 22-43.

 

Miller, K., & Moultrie, J. (2014). Reflections on design leadership. Proceedings from19th Design Management Institute: Academic Design Management Conference. London, 2-4 September 2014. Available at:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/238251719/The-19th-DMI-International-Design-Management-Research-Conference.

 

Miller, K. (2014). Understanding the characteristics of design leaders in large fashion retailers (Doctoral dissertation). Available from University of Cambridge Digital Theses [19 March 2014].

 

Miller, K., & Moultrie, J. (2013). Understanding the skills of design leaders. Design Management Journal, 8(1), 35-51.

 

Miller, K., & Moultrie, J. (2013). Delineating design leaders: A framework of design management roles in fashion retail. Journal of Creativity and Innovation Management, 22, 161-176.

 

Miller, K. & Moultrie, J. (2012). Understanding the skills of design leaders. Proceedings from Design Management Institute International Research Conference. Boston, MA, 8-9 August 2012.

 

Miller, K. & Moultrie, J. (2011). Old industry, new thinking: Towards a model of design management in the fashion retail industry. Proceedings of 1st Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference (CADMC). Cambridge, UK, 7-8 September 2011.

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS

 

Miller, K., Park, C., Evans, S., Bamford, I., & Bocken, N. (2016). Critique of the canvas: a new honeycomb approach to business model innovation. InInternational Research Conference on

New Business Models. Toulouse Business School, Toulouse, 16-17 June 2016.

Bocken, N., Miller, K., & Evans, S. (2016). Assessing the environmental impact of new Circular business models. InInternational Research Conference on New Business Models. Toulouse Business School, Toulouse, 16-17 June 2016.

 

Miller, K., Park, C., Bocken, N., & Evans, S. (2016). Rethinking personas for sustainable behaviour business models. In 2nd Academic International Conference on Business, Marketing and Management (AICBMM), 5-7 April 2016, Harvard, Boston, USA.

 

Park, C., Miller, K., Evans, S., & Bamford, I. (2016). Agile business model innovation in an incumbent company context: UK industry-academic collaboration case. In 2nd Academic International Conference on Business, Marketing and Management (AICBMM), 5-7 April 2016, Harvard, Boston, USA. 

 

Miller, K. (2014). Understanding the characteristics of design leaders in large fashion retailers. In Pushing the Boundaries Research Festival, 20 June 2014, University of

Brighton. Brighton.

 

Miller, K., & Moultrie, J. (2012). Understanding the skills of design leaders. In Leading Innovation Through Design Conference, 9-11 August 2012, MASS Institute, Boston, USA.

 

Miller, K., & Moultrie, J. (2011). Old industry, new thinking: Towards a model of design management in the fashion retail industry. In 1st Cambridge Academic Design Management

Conference, 7-8 September 2011, University of Cambridge, Cambridge.

 

Miller, K. (2010). Sharpening the intangible edge: Evaluating design management in the retail industry. In Institute for Manufacturing First Year PhD Conference, 3 June 2010, University of Cambridge, Cambridge.