Simulating Design for Production: The University of Botswana Experience
There is substantial consensus among today’s manufacturers that integration between design and manufacturing is a prerequisite for competing in a global economy. Whereas industry is often responsive to the changing dynamics of commerce and industry resulting in the adoption of new methods and strategies for competitive advantage, design education is often rigid and non-responsive to these hard realities. Traditional teaching methods are not suitable for imparting such real-life design concepts. This paper discusses how Design for Production was simulated in an academic setting, using ‘competitive tendering’ concept as a catalyst variable to accelerate the learning process, preliminary study results, lessons learned and the way forward.