Re: Designer mobility to management (was ixd curriculum)
17 Sep 2004 - 2:52pm
10 years ago
Interesting post. I wonder whether a correlation between variables is being mistaken for a causal relationship between them?
For the sake of discussion, let's take as true your perception about the negative correlation between design education and movement into management. A design education background is not likely a cause for comparatively low rates of migration into management (not likely to "handicap" one). Rather an inclination toward design combined with a complementary disinclination toward management is likely the cause of both the pursuit of design education and a comparative disinclination toward management.
I wonder about your characterization of movement from hands-on design toward management as moving "higher". That presupposes a vertical continuum with management arbitrarily higher than design - an organization-hierarchy continuum. As one with graduate education in business administration and more than a dozen years of technology-related management experience, I am now, and prefer to be, a hands-on designer. On my satisfaction hierarchy, I've moved higher by getting out of management. ;>)
Just a thought...
I have discussed it with few folks, my collegues, friends (ID/IA/UX)
and member of this list. And somehow everyone finds themself in a hole
after sometime. After Sr. Analyst/Sr. Designer level it requires
something else to go to *manager* or *director* level.
Here's my question -- Has anybody seen any study which explains which
class of Designers/IA/UX goes higher in this profession? Any
statistics? Or your personal experience/opinions? The term *class* I
use to explain background of people in the profession, namely (but not
limited to), Visual Communication, Interaction Design, Industrial
design, Library Sciences, Psychology, Human Factor, etc.
In my close nit survey (amoung friends and the company they work for),
I have came to the conclusion that folks with less *Design* education
goes farther than those with more emphasis on *design* education.
Technical Writing, Psychology, Library Sciences runs higher in my
list. IMHO, they somehow understand better how to manage &
communicate. Is there something that the curicculam should acquire
more from Human Skills? In another observation, I found that people
with hands on Design skills gets more emotional, likes to work in
isolation... Can there be any education which can teach leadership,
teamwork, motivation, decision making, politics, salesmanship?
I am not sure, if the sample data I am relying for my conclusion is
worth much analysis. But what I want to open for debate is -- Emphasis
on more Human skills, Communication, understanding leadership,
Motivations, teamwork, politics of Design, Art of selling &
marketing... all the nuances of Organizational Behaviour (besides
basics of *Design*).
I know this is sort of less warm topic and Listera isn't interested. :)