Metamorphosis of Design Management Network
Main project collaborators
Anthony Kent, University of the Arts London (Principal Investigator)
Prof Tom Inns, DJCAD, University of Dundee (Co-Investigator)
Prof Tom Inns (Co-Investigator)
Context and background
The purpose of Design Management has been described as ‘to improve organisations worldwide through the effective integration and management of design and design principles for economic, social and environmental benefit’ (Design Management Institute, 2008). It is an activity that is broad in scope, rooted in an understanding of the importance of design to business and sensitive to global economic development. The inter-disciplinary concept of Design Management has gained considerable ground since the 1980s by addressing the totality of issues that improve competence in the management of design. As knowledge of the management of design has developed, the concept has come to be understood as a formal organisational activity.
The Metamorphosis of Design Management Network (MDMN) is concerned with expanding capacity for research on Design Management and moving the research agenda forward by examining the changing nature of Design Management in the new global environment that profoundly affects current economic and social activity.
Aims and objectives
The network aim to develop a sustainable model for interaction and knowledge transfer between researchers, practitioners and educators. MDMN’s first objective was to explore the changing contexts within which Design Management operates; in order to explain the impact of current economic change, globalisation, sustainability, and organisational ethics on this field. Secondly, to examine the emergent roles of Design Management practitioners; to examine the barriers to successful Design Management and the processes of design decision-making in different industries and sizes of organisation. The third objective was to reflect on the relationships between Design Management research and practice.
The overall objectives of the network are to create opportunities to identify new interdisciplinary research priorities and new models of knowledge transfer to maximise their impact for beneficiaries.
Outputs from the network include: models of emergent contexts for Design Management practice; the development of profiles and examples of new Design Management practitioner roles; the expansion of inter-disciplinary thinking on research methodologies and the development of case studies. MDMN initiated new knowledge partnerships between network members from different disciplinary perspectives.
The project created a dynamic and balanced network to expand capacity for new ideas, with a focus on Design Management contexts and concepts from cross-industry and inter-disciplinary perspectives. It facilitated focused dialogue around a series of carefully framed colloquia and a symposium. The events focused on the following themes: 21st century contexts for Design Management; Design Management roles in current and emerging practice; creating an environment for knowledge exchange; and the emerging value of Design Management to society and the economy.
The network generated a series of new, high quality research partnerships and proposals addressing emergent positions for Design Management. Findings and insights generated through network activities were disseminated to relevant educational, research and practitioner communities through academic journal and conference papers, as well as an interactive website available for the engagement of users.
AHRC £29,516 (Value to University of Dundee: £12,580)
11.2009 – 12.2011
- The Activity of Rhetoric
- Birth Environment Study
- Bigger Ears
- A Blueprint for Bacterial Life and Art
- Building Banter
- The Centre for Remote Environments
- Craft Festival Scotland
- Craft Innovation and Creative Development
- The Demarco Archives
- Design For Services
- Design in Action
- Designs for Life
- Designing for the 21st Century
- Designing transition to sustainability
- Enhancing Local Authorities' Community Engagement
- Entropic Modern
- Forensic & Medical Art
- GROW Observatory
- Hacking for Situated Civic Engagement
- Making Sense
- Making Sense of Creative Interactions
- Metamorphosis of Design Management Network
- The Museum of Loss and Renewal
- Narrative Exploration in Expanded Cinema
- Natural Magic
- Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition
- Safer Spaces
- The South Georgia Heritage Trust
- Visual Effects Research Lab
- Visualising Our Maritime Heritage
- Window to the West