Design determines 70% of cost? A review of implications for design evaluation

J.A. Barton, Doug M. Love, G.D. Taylor

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Abstract

This paper disputes the fact that product design determines 70% of costs and the implications that follow for design evaluation tools. Using the idea of decision chains, it is argued that such tools need to consider more of the downstream business activities and should take into account the current and future state of the business rather than some idealized view of it. To illustrate the argument, a series of experiments using an enterprise simulator are described that show the benefit from the application of a more holistic 'design for' technique. Design For the Existing Environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Engineering Design
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2001

Keywords

  • product design
  • costs
  • design evaluation tools. Using the idea of decision chains
  • downstream business activities
  • state of the business
  • enterprise simulator
  • existing environment

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