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Understanding the Skills of Design Leaders

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Karen Miller; James Moultrie



Fashion retailing exhibits a high degree of environmental velocity (McCarthy, Lawrence, Wixted, and Gordon, which necessitates enhanced design capabilities (Cachon and Swinney), particularly where retailers have adopted private-label/own-brand strategies (McColl and Moore). These design capabilities are predominantly internalized (Abecassis-Moedas, and embedded as strategically valuable resources (Stevens and Moultrie) to differentiate and value engineer products and respond to shortening life cycles (Christopher, Lowson, and Peck,). However, optimization of these assets is contingent upon effective design leadership (Miller and Moultrie). Design leadership, according to Topalian, is the most advanced state of design responsibility within an organization...






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