NPD, design and management for SME's

Ford, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-9607-3292 and Terris, D., 2017. NPD, design and management for SME's. In: E. Bohemia, C. De Bont and L.S. Holm, eds., Conference proceedings of the Design Management Academy: Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections, Hong Kong, 7-9 June 2017. Vol. 1. Glasgow: The Design Society, pp. 325-341. ISBN 9781912294114

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It is generally acknowledged that small and medium sized enterprises (SME's) contribute significantly to a country’s economic performance. It is also generally acknowledged that it can be problematic to provide effective, public sector research, development and innovation support for SME's given their size and diversity. It is also considered that vertical cooperation with customers and suppliers is more effective in new product development (NPD) for SME's than horizontal co-operation with research institutions and government agencies. This paper discusses how higher education institutions (HEI's) engaged in design research, can effectively support SME's in NPD by actively participating in the design process whilst simultaneously working with SME's to facilitate the development of knowledge networks local to specific SME's, by acting as an intermediary. A number of design support schemes and specific SME, NPD projects undertaken by the author are used to advocate a participatory intermediation role for HEI's in supporting NPD for SME's.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Ford, P. and Terris, D.
Publisher: The Design Society
Place of Publication: Glasgow
Date: June 2017
Volume: 1
ISBN: 9781912294114
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 05 Dec 2018 09:07
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2018 09:14
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