Evaluation of the Impact of Collaborative Research on Robust Design Methodologies: A Large Scale Empirical Case Study with an Automotive OEM

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Felician Campean (1), Amad Uddin (1,2), Jonathan Bridges (1), Steven Fannon (1), Unal Yildirim (1,3)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: University of Bradford, United Kingdom; 2: Jaguar Land Rover, United Kingdom; 3: Hubei University of Automotive Technology, China
Section: Design Theory and Research Methods
Page(s): 1-10
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.1
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


The evaluation of impact of collaborative research on robust design methodologies and methods is important to both academic and industry stakeholders. This paper introduces a framework for impact evaluation which combines the broader framework adopted for the academic research impact assessment with the organisation viewpoint centred on business results, process improvement and product development teams capability improvement. A large scale empirical study conducted with evidence from technical reports on workplace projects from an automotive OEM proved the validity of the proposed framework.

Keywords: robust design, design methods, design evaluation

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