University of Economics Bratislava, Slovakia
Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Economics Bratislava, Slovakia
Although companies in Slovakia achieve value in the use of design at the level of the European Union average, the lack of knowledge and information about the possibilities and potential benefits of design hinders the effective use of design as a key factor in successful innovation. Good design does not just happen by chance. It is usually the result of a well-managed process. Design management is becoming necessary because it allows the company to reflect the market’s needs better and adapt to customers. When design management is part of a company’s management processes, the design would significantly impact the company’s economic performance and help ensure a competitive advantage in the market. Lack of design management skills is a major obstacle to the wider deployment and integration of design into companies. The paper aims to verify the impact of the achieved level of design management skills on the use of design in product innovation. Through a survey of Slovak companies in selected industries, the authors identified the attitude of companies to the use of design in product innovation. The authors used statistical methods to analyse the level of skills achieved in individual areas of design management. They identified the impact of the level of skills on the design use rate in innovation. This study includes factor and regression analysis methods. The design management skills assessment survey confirms the relationship and correlation between the level of design management skills and the intensity of the use of design in product innovation. The ability to engage others has emerged as the weakest in the design management skills assessment survey. Involving customers and suppliers and creating interdisciplinary teams could bring the company effective use of design in product innovation and thus achieve a significant and sustainable competitive advantage. According to the confirmed results, companies’ training to gain the necessary skills in individual areas of design management should increase the level of mastery of these skills and consequently support the use of design in product innovations.
Keywords: product, innovation, design, design management skills
JEL Classification: O31, M31.
Cite as: Sevcikova, R., & Knoskova, L. (2022). Application of Design Management Skills to Support the Use of Design in Product Innovation. Marketing and Management of Innovations, 2, 66-75. https://doi.org/10.21272/mmi.2022.2-06
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
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