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Design and local development: case studies from the UK

Schaber, F. and Turner, R. L. (2010) Design and local development: case studies from the UK. In: 1st International Congress of Design and Innovation of Catalonia Book of Abstracts. Terrassa, Barcelona: FUNDIT Sabadell. 9788493616519. p. 43.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Abstract: This paper will discuss, through the vehicle of case studies, how Design has been instrumental in regenerating local commerce. The examples will compare and contrast the UK Government’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership initiative (KTP), which has been operating for some thirty years with live industrial design projects which are also the focus for certain aspects of the undergraduate design curriculum. The Design Division has been actively involved in numerous KTP projects, which have benefitted local industry. One such KTP, located at a company within the vicinity of the University embedded a new design capability into a charitable organization, ‘Sue Ryder Care” and reviews how the income generated was used for palliative care. In contrast with the highly successful government funded KTP scheme a design brief will be presented that attempted to support a traditional and local manufacturing company, typical and historical to the local economy. The design brief was developed in conjunction with the senior management of the company, to harness existing manufacturing capability but with a new and innovative product range. The paper reviews the journey taken by both parties, and discusses the relative fortunes of the outcomes. This contribution is informed by the authors’ decade long engagement, with UK government funding organizations, as academic partners of knowledge seeking companies. The Northampton case constitutes a newer university that has grown out of a technical college and art school, this mirrors various other UK situations. The authors have been researching and contributing to the discussion on the role of knowledge transfer in the global marketplace (Schaber and Thomas 2008), but also learning from the practical experience of acting as supervisors and working with industry on KTP, and understanding benefits and negative aspects for all the partners involved. (Betts, Schaber and Turner 2007) Conference participation and publications are the routine ways that academics share knowledge. In this case allowing the authors to identify and map out best practice and develop networks within the academic system. In conclusion the authors attempt to provide the international context of industry-academy collaboration in new product development
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge Transfer Partnership, live client project, industry-academy collaboration, new product development
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of Education > LC237 College-university and the community
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS155 Production management. Operations management > TS171 Industrial art and design
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing. Design. Illustration > NC390 Study and teaching
Creators: Schaber, Friedemann and Turner, Randle L
Publisher: FUNDIT Sabadell
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > China and Emerging Economies Centre
Research Centres > China and Emerging Economies Centre

Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Design & Photography
Date: March 2010
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: p. 43
Title of Book: 1st International Congress of Design and Innovation of Catalonia Book of Abstracts
Event Title: 1r Congres Internacional de Disseny i Innovacio de Catalunya
Event Dates: 18-19 March 2010
Place of Publication: Terrassa, Barcelona
Event Location: Fira de Sabadell, Barcelona
Event Type: Conference
Number of Pages: 115
Language: English
ISBN: 9788493616519
Status: Published / Disseminated
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