What is the impact of design on industry, business, and society? It would make sense to gather as much empirical information on this as possible, in order to mount the argument that more attention needs to be paid to design.
Source: Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Membership Survey, 2003.
Factors influenced by design or by engineering/design education are highlighted. All values are approximate.
The table below shows percent of respondents indicating the named constraints as significant.
|Lack of customer demand||41%|
|Lack of qualified personnel||40%|
|Lack of financing||30%|
|Lack of expertise||23%|
|Lack of tools to support decision making||16%|
|Lack of information||12%|
|Product design and customisation||30%|
|Prototype development||22 %|
|Availability of skilled personnel||17%|
|Process reengineering and scaleup||15%|
|Short product life cycles||8%|
|Establishing intellectual property rights||7%|
|Other technical skills||14%||9%|
|Tool and die||13%||11%|
|Software programming and development||9%||6%|
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