Design specification

What is organisation design?

Organisation design defines and articulates how a client's operating entity should function. The following requirements are used by research + DESIGN to align project outputs to an organisation's existing and future needs.

  1. Business type:
    A start-up, sole-proprietorship, or corporation have nuanced requirements on how research and design are approached, realised, and documented.
  2. Operating principles:
    An organisation's operating principles are high-level and practical, and define an attitudinal approach to getting things done.
  3. Operating context:
    Opportunities and hindrances accompany an organisation's physical operating context, which influences the development phase strategy.
  4. Company culture:
    Company culture is implied and expressed in how its employees interact internally, with suppliers, and with the market.
  5. Roles and responsibilities:
    Research and design teams are dependent on an organisation's internal capabilities and lines of responsibility.
  6. Performance measures:
    Measuring relative success of design outputs can be measured within uni-directional relationships: cost, time, and quality.
  7. Partnering strategy:
    Partnering strategy provides a mechanism with which to broaden skill-sets and disseminate project responsibility.
  8. Investor profile:
    Investor dynamics may influence how a project is conceived and deployed, and in turn, which design strategy is selected.
  9. Supply Chain Management (SCM):
    The effective flow of goods and services from supplier to the end-customer dovetails with design opportunities and limitations.
  10. Innovation strategy:
    An organisation's innovation strategy reveals its willingness and competency to adapt to, and make use of, incremental change.
  11. Technology strategy:
    The use of technology is both an organisational strategy and competency, and influences how design is realised.
  12. Brand identity guidelines:
    An organisation's brand identity is documented in a guideline that stipulates use of language, form, colour, and technology.
  13. Market communication:
    A market communication strategy builds on the brand identity guideline to provide a consistent message to the market.
  14. Data protocols:
    Data security protocols help protect intellectual property when projects are being worked on, shared, transported, and/or archived.
  15. Legal strategy:
    Patents, design registrations, and copyright help protect Intellectual Property (IP) from research and design projects.
  16. Taxation strategy:
    Certain government revenue departments may provide research and development incentives in the form of tax savings.
  17. Return On Investment (ROI):
    A client's expected Return On Investment (ROI) helps formulate research and design budgets, technical risk, and project milestones.