*A prior version of this research was presented at the 2009 Young Scholars Conference on Product Design at the College of William & Mary. We offer special thanks to Abbie Griffin and Anthony Di Benedetto. We gratefully acknowledge Abbie Griffin's helpful comments and suggestions throughout the development of this article. We also thank Mariëlle Creusen for her helpful review of an earlier draft. Finally, we are grateful for the financial assistance from The College of William and Mary's Mason School of Business, Associate Dean Jon Krapfl's support, and Maria Zarate's able aid with the Young Scholars Conference.
Perspective: The Emergence of Product Design as a Field of Marketing Inquiry*
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2011
© 2011 Product Development & Management Association
Journal of Product Innovation Management
Volume 28, Issue 3, pages 327–345, May 2011
How to Cite
Luchs, M. and Swan, K. S. (2011), Perspective: The Emergence of Product Design as a Field of Marketing Inquiry. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 28: 327–345. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5885.2011.00801.x
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2011
The authors present findings from an analysis of articles related to product design published in eight leading journals important to marketing thought. Based on this analysis, which covers the fourteen-year period 1995–2008, the authors propose a conceptual model of product design and offer definitions for (a) product design and (b) the product design process. In addition, the authors provide insights into the nature of product design research during this time period, including analyses of publication trends and the relationship of product design research to related marketing topics. The essay concludes with suggestions for future research on product design.