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This issue of She Ji opens with reflections on the nature and meaning of the modern research university for the 110th anniversary of Tongji University.
The first article considers the work of the late John Heskett on the economic role of design. Cameron Weber applies Hekkett’s theory to the 2009 GM bailout in “What Is Good for General Motors Is Bad for America.”
Following this nuts-and-bolts examination of design economics, Jordan Beck and Erik Stolterman stake out a theoretical position “Examining the Types of Knowledge Claims Made in Design Research.”
University rankings are one of the most prevalent and hotly debated topics in higher education today – this issue of She Ji features two examinations of the theme. Meredith Davis asks “Can College Rankings Be Believed?” and Scott Thompson-Whiteside writes on “Zen and the Art of University Rankings in Art and Design.” Four commentators respond: Peter Murphy on “University Rankings and the Coming of the Auto-Industrial Age,” Pradeep Sharma with “Outstanding in Your Field,” Ninghua Zhong that “University Rankings Need Improvement,” and Carma Gorman with “College Rankings: Can’t Love ’Em, Can’t Leave ’Em.”
Finally, Maria Camacho talks with Christian Bason in a conversation on “Design for Public Service.” Design firms, consulting firms, and public agencies use design methods to create more effective services and better systems. Christian Bason was at the cutting edge of this trend as director of Denmark’s MindLab. Now director of the Danish Design Centre, Bason discusses the key issues of design for public service.
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Ken Friedman, PhD, DSc (hc), FDRS | Editor-in-Chief | 设计 She Ji. The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation | Published by Tongji University in Cooperation with Elsevier | URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/she-ji-the-journal-of-design-economics-and-innovation/