Product status and the management of product design
Changes in product design occur either innovatively where new concepts are used (Dynamic Design Status) or incrementally where changes are made without altering the existing concept (Static Design Status). This thesis identifies. the factors that make a product static or dynamic and then proposes the disciplines that should be emphasised when designing a product of a particular status. This is then used in the development of Design Process which is recommended as a user "tool" for directing the Design Manager through the stages of design from the market need, or product idea, through to the stage where detail design commences. Several publications have resulted from this research.