is an activity a management skill rare inimitable and non substitutable that

Is an activity a management skill rare inimitable and

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is an activity, a management skill, rare, inimitable and non-substitutable that can bring a sustained competitive advantage ( design you can t see competitive edge). Designence value index history, B. Borja de Mozota. 280 Design, Management and the Organization Design Strategic Value Revisited: The Foundations of the Theory Design Equals Value, 1980 90 How does one define design value in organizations? My PhD in business (1985 90) pioneered research on design as generic design meaning and looked at design as an activity across different design projects. One of the main findings of this research showed that value by design was independent of the design disciplines involved. Eleven case studies could be described by the same semiotic model of Charles Peirce (Peirce 1931 58) a sign as a representamen, an object (the sign s subject matter) and an interpretant (the sign s meaning). When asked how these various design projects created profit in their organizations, our respondents said that design increased profit because: Design improves innovation management through participative innovation, �� more creativity and market orientation of innovation. Design improves the performance of the company s portfolio through better �� use of technology, utility and image. The value of design was measured by its impact on profit, such as increased �� sales and portfolio margins. Then, the research gave evidence of the causal relationship between the substantial value of design and its measured impact on corporate image and reputation and, also, through process improvement in innovation and marketing. For example, there was evidence that design investment cuts marketing costs. Hence, a new value for design management for improving some organizational processes emerged. Design Strategic Value in the Value Chain, 1990 5 If design creates financial and substantial value, does this mean that design is creating a competitive advantage? Firms gain a competitive advantage from conceiving new ways to conduct activities, employing new procedures, new technologies or different inputs. Firms create value for their clients through performing these activities. To gain competitive advantage over its rivals, a firm must either provide comparable customer value but perform activities more efficiently than its competitors (at lower cost) or perform activities in a unique way that creates greater customer value and commands a premium price (as in differentiation). The activities performed in competing in a particular industry can be grouped into categories that Porter (1985) calls the value chain. Activities can be divided broadly into those involved in the ongoing production, marketing, delivery and servicing of the product (the primary activities) and those providing procurement, research and development, human resources management or overall infrastructure functions to support the other activities (the support activities).
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