EXPLORING INDUSTRIAL DESIGN MANUALS IN THE FINNISH ENGINEERING INDUSTRY
In Finnish business-to-business engineering industries, managing the industrial design function is an emerging question. Industrial design manuals and guidelines have been seen as one solution to this demand. This paper explores how Finnish engineering companies have approached the question of industrial design manuals through a descriptive four-level maturity grid. It also identifies seven key activities which elaborate the grid. The paper is based on documentary analyses and ethnographic studies conducted in four global Finnish engineering corporations.