The attitude of Czech companies towards design – comparative study of 2012 and 2014

J. Kramoliš
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The aim of the article. The aim of this paper is to comprehensively review of the sources of design management and links between design and business prosperity. The study shows current situation in Czech business in the years 2012 and 2014. Furthermore, this paper also attempts to analyse (comparative study) and identify the awareness of companies concerning design as a condition of business prosperity. The primary aim of the research is to compare managers’ attitude to design in Czech businesses.

The results of the analysis. A comprehensive review of the extant literature and journals identified several sources of design approach as well as various definitions of design management. The research consists of two main parts. Firstly, method of smart internet questionnaires was used.  After that, the data were analysed using mosaic plot and elementary statistics calculations and verifying hypotheses.  Then, a comparative method was used. Finally, the findings were processed by a comparative study that aims to make comparisons within the years 2012 and 2014.  Managers feel the impact of design in three surveyed areas more negatively in 2014 than in 2012.

Conclusions and directions of further researches. The results of the research offer interesting findings that indicate change in attitudes. This paper identifies several interesting aspects regarding design within Czech companies, including the mind-set of management. Briefly concluded: “It can still argue that design plays an important role in most businesses in the Czech Republic”. Many managers, however, do not have conclusive evidence directly linked to a potential success of their company. This problem could be solved by further research.

long-term marketing, design, design management, competitiveness, business prosperity

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