Design for development management

Andrawes, L and McMurray, A 2014, 'Design for development management', in Erik Bohemia, Rachel Cooper, Jeanne Liedtka and Alison Rieple (ed.) Proceedings of the 19th DMI: Academic design management conference, London, United Kingdom, 2-4 September 2014, pp. 1-18.

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Title Design for development management
Author(s) Andrawes, L
McMurray, A
Year 2014
Conference name 19th DMI: Design Management in an Era of Disruption
Conference location London, United Kingdom
Conference dates 2-4 September 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 19th DMI: Academic design management conference
Editor(s) Erik Bohemia, Rachel Cooper, Jeanne Liedtka and Alison Rieple
Publisher Design Management Institute
Place of publication Boston, United States
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Abstract Due to the evolving role of development organisations over the years, critical questions are being asked of their accountability and performance throughout the development literature. The complexity of the challenges these organisations are facing are accelerating faster than can be addressed with traditional, analytically based management approaches. The design community has much to say on how it can play a more significant role in this context. Consolidating an in-depth literature review with applied, hands-on and in-the-field experience, we propose new perspectives on how more human-centred design approaches assist development organisations. Particularly, how these organisations may achieve greater social accountability by moving beyond quantitative measures in defining and delivering initiatives to address real human needs. In addition we extend Buchanan's 2001 seminal body of work which introduced the role of human centred design as affirming human dignity through the empowering of people and communities to engage in decisions that work for them rather than being recipients of external and sometimes misaligned "solutions" to them. Our work is relevant to a mixed audience comprised of designers, development managers, donor organisations, and other actors involved in the design of new futures for marginalised populations in developing countries.
Subjects Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice
Design Innovation
International and Development Communication
Keyword(s) Development management
international development
human-centred design
sub-Saharan Africa
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