Design For Global Success: Unleashing Export Potential Through Design and Facilitating International Design Collaboration Through Air Connectivity

  • Lin Zhang

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The significance of industrial design in shaping the world is increasingly acknowledged. This study aims to investigate the role of industrial design in economic growth, particularly in the context of a knowledge economy. To address this question, the study is
divided into four main parts. In the first chapter, the global distribution of design patents is visually presented using data visualisation techniques. The second chapter highlights the pivotal role of industrial design as a key driver of exports. Furthermore, the empirical analysis establishes a correlation between industrial design and intellectual property protection in relation to exports. Recognising the growing importance of international design collaboration, the subsequent chapter explores the crucial role of air connectivity in facilitating such collaboration. Findings of this study suggest that industrial design is acknowledged as a significant driver of exports. Additionally, the intention to export also influences the registration of design patents in foreign markets. Moreover, air connectivity plays a vital role in facilitating international design collaboration.
Date of AwardSept 2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorMichail Karoglou (Supervisor) & Jun Du (Supervisor)

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