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The Impact of Design

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.

Reports & Surveys

CME (2003)

Source: Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Membership Survey, 2003.

Factors influenced by design or by engineering/design education are highlighted. All values are approximate.

Constraints on Business Performance Improvement

The table below shows percent of respondents indicating the named constraints as significant.

Cost/resource allocation 56%
Lack of customer demand 41%
Lack of qualified personnel 40%
Organisational culture 36%
Lack of financing 30%
Organisational structure 27%
Process design/flexibility 25%
Lack of expertise 23%
Technological constraints 23%
Communication 18%
Supplier quality 16%
Lack of tools to support decision making 16%
Lack of information 12%
Divisional barriers 11%
Other factors 8%

Constraints on Commercialisation

Competition 44%
Finding customers 32%
Product design and customisation 30%
Prototype development 22 %
Financing 20%
Product approvals 20%
Availability of skilled personnel 17%
Process reengineering and scaleup 15%
Technological constraints 13%
Regulatory constraints 9%
Short product life cycles 8%
Establishing intellectual property rights 7%
Tax treatment 5%
Accessing research 1%

Skill Shortages

Find Keep
Manufacturing management 46% 14%
Engineering 42% 17%
Marketing 35% 20%
Business development 34% 18%
Design 30% 16%
Machining 27% 11%
Export development 26% 12%
Research 18% 14%
Information technology 18% 10%
Other technical skills 14% 9%
Tool and die 13% 11%
Welding 11% 9%
Software programming and development 9% 6%
Other skills 7% 6%

Skills in Need of Improvement

Problem solving 49%
Communication 38%
Teamwork 35%
Work ethic 25%
Interpersonal 25%
Technical 22%
Entrepreneurial 19%
Literacy 17%
Computer 13%
Numeracy 9%
Learning 7%

See Also

References

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