Knowledge integration of and by design
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 19th DMI: AcademicDesign Management Conference / [ed] Erik Bohemia, Alison Rieple, Jeanne Liedtka, Rachel Cooper, Boston, USA: Design Management Institute , 2014, 1741-1763 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The capability to integrate across a range of specialized knowledge bases is a crucial contemporary source of competitive advantage, and the field of knowledge integration aims at structuring the issues. The purpose of this paper is to explore the possible uses, benefits, limitations and future directions of a formal knowledge integration perspective on design management. The paper develops the concepts of management thinking and design(erly) thinking, and questions the contention. With a knowledge perspective, design management may be seen as including the capability to integrate specialized, distributed and heterogeneous knowledge bases. Consequences regarding the characteristics of scope, flexibility and efficiency of knowledge integration indicate both greater difficulties and greater possibilities. Regarding the architecture of knowledge, the integration of design indicates a functional orientation and a limited role for design, while integration by design may indicate a strategic role. Also, whether integration of design or by design, the construction of common knowledge, bridging the specialized fields, seems a prerequisite for the effective knowledge integration of management thinking and design(erly thinking.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Boston, USA: Design Management Institute , 2014. 1741-1763 p.
management thinking, design(erly) thinking, knowledge integration, scope of integration, integration capabilities
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110413ISBN: 978-0-615-99152-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-110413DiVA: diva2:745595
The 19th DMI International Design Management Research Conference, London 2-4 September 2014