Rules & Regulations

RULES AND REGULATIONS

A PDF file of the DME Award Rules and Regulations can be obtained here: UPLOAD NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS

A hard copy of the DME Award Rules and Regulations is available upon request from the N-DME Network Partners.

ORGANISER OF THE DME AWARD

The Design Management Europe Award (DME Award) is organised by the N-DME Network. The N-DME Network is comprised by the DME Award Partners (National Contacts). In addition to the DME Award activities, the overall objective of the N-DME Network is to stimulate companies and organisations to enhance not only their own innovation and competitiveness, but also those of their respective regions and Europe in general through the implementation of good Design Management.

SUBJECT OF THE DME AWARD

The DME Award will focus on the management skills and leadership qualities in implementing design to achieve excellence. Companies and organisations are challenged to apply for the DME Award by demonstrating how design is integrated in their processes and management to support their strategy and vision. This can be illustrated based on the integration of design in the entire company or on a single case study.

AWARD CATEGORIES

The DME Award is not a competition. A DME Award or a DME Award Honourable Mention is awarded to all companies from each category, which have demonstrated exceptional Design Management practices.

AWARD FOR BEST MANAGEMENT OF DESIGN IN A LARGE COMPANY

  • This category is open to private companies with 250 employees or more.

AWARD FOR BEST MANAGEMENT OF DESIGN IN A MEDIUM SIZED COMPANY

  • This category is open to private companies with 50 to 249 employees.

AWARD FOR THE BEST MANAGEMENT OF DESIGN IN A SMALL SIZED COMPANY

  • This category is open to private companies with 10 to 49 employees.

AWARD FOR THE BEST MANAGEMENTOF DESIGN IN A MICRO COMPANY

  • This category is open to private companies with 9 employees or less.

AWARD FOR THE BEST MANAGEMENT OF DESIGN IN A PUBLIC OR NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION

  • This category is open to all public or non-profit organisations such as charities, government programmes, city councils or schools and colleges.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The DME Award is open to any private, public or non-profit organisation within and outside of Europe.

  • Each applicant may have only one entry in one category per year.
  • Enterprises having offices or subsidiaries in different countries may only apply through one country.

APPLICATIONS EXCLUDED FROM THE DME AWARD

Excluded from the DME Award is any application that comes from:

  • An organisation that has participated directly in the preparation of the DME Award assignment and in the DME Award announcement.

  • An organisation in which a jury member is involved.
  • Design Agencies are excluded from entering the DME Award but are encouraged to assist their clients in the application process.

NATIONAL CONTACTS

National Contacts are responsible for the national selection of applicants. National selection may be done in any manner that is locally relevant, provided that the selection is fair and reflects the scope of the Award. The organisers of the DME Award are not responsible for the nomination process.

National Contacts must assist all applicants with the following:

  • distributing submission materials i.e. guidelines, questionnaire and rules,
  • ensuring that the specifics of the Award have been clearly understood by the applicant,
  • supporting applicants if necessary, possibly with the translation of questionnaires, or in whichever manner that ensures that the applicants have equal chances to stand in the DME Award.

National Contacts may not:

  • nominate a company without its prior confirmation;
  • reject an applicant.

National Contacts may neither nominate nor enter as a candidate any applicant in which they have interest (e.g. employed in any form, founder, board member or shareholder with decision power etc.).

LIST OF NATIONAL CONTACTS

The list of all DME National Contacts can be found here.

When there is more than one DME Award National Contact per country, any listed National Contact may be contacted by a potential applicant.

For countries with no National Contact, please contact one of the DME Award Board Members.

Applicants that contact the DME Award organiser directly will be redirected to a National Contact if applicable.

SUBMISSIONS

The application process for the DME Award 2016/17 consists of the following four steps:

  • Phase 1 – Contacting the DME Award National Contact
  • Phase 2 – Online submission of the DME Award Registration Questionnaire
  • Phase 3 – Payment of DME Award Fees
  • Phase 4 – Online submission of the DME Award Poster
PHASE 1 – REGISTRATION AND ACCESS TO THE DME AWARD QUESTIONNAIRE

All potential applicants are encouraged to confirm their interest in the DME Award to their National Contact by email or telephone. All registration elements (questionnaire + poster submission mechanism) can be accessed via the DME Award webpage www.designmanagementexcellence.com.

PHASE 2 – DME AWARD QUESTIONNAIRE

Completion of the DME Award Questionnaire is a condition of entry. The questionnaire must be completed and submitted online through the DME website. A PDF version of the questionnaire is available on the DME Award webpage for preparation purposes. All questions have to be completed in order to complete and submit the questionnaire.

Submission of the DME Award Questionnaire is confirmation of the applicant’s registration to the award and acceptance of its rules and regulations.

PHASE 3 – PAYMENT OF DME AWARD FEES

All DME Award applicants are required to pay the DME Award Fee.

The DME Award Fees are:

Micro Company Category FREE
Small Company Category 100€
Medium-size Company Category 250€
Large Company Category 500€
Non-profit Organisation Category 100€

The DME Award bank account is administrated by the DME Award Partner Cardiff Metropolitan University/PDR.

Instructions on payment can be found at the DME Award webpage www.designmanagementexcellence.com

PHASE 4 – DME AWARD ONLINE POSTER SUBMISSION

The fourth and final phase of the DME Award application is the submission of a digital poster.

This is the opportunity for all applicants to communicate the unique practices of managing design in their organisation, the advantages of their strategy and the results for the jury to assess.

Each applicant has been reserved an area of 2.378 metres high x 0.841 metre wide to present their case for the DME Award. This is an opportunity for the applicant to use their skills in design communication to optimise the space effectively and best illustrate their strong points in addressing the award criteria.

Applicants may use a range of text, images, diagrams and charts for their posters. All text on the posters should be in English with a minimum font size of 16.

All posters must be submitted online only.

WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY

Any DME Award submission may be withdrawn without reason before the DME Award application deadline of the DATE. To withdraw the DME Award submission, a written cancellation notice has to be send via email to gcawood@pdronline.co.uk.

In the case of a withdrawal of the DME Award submission before the DATE, any paid DME Award Fees will be refunded as soon as reasonably possible, within the statutory deadline. All refunds will be made via the original method of payment. Refund times depend on the payment method used when the DME Award Fees were paid. The DME Award will process the refund within 3 to 10 working days. However, please be aware that the speed of the funds appearing in your accounts depends solely with the card issuer of the original payment. It may vary and can take up to 8 weeks.

In the event of any DME Award submission that is withdrawn after the DATE, any DME Award Fees cannot be refunded.

LIABILITY

The DME Award Organisers/ N-DME Network cannot accept any direct or consequential liability whatsoever arising from any submission howsoever arising. Nothing however shall limit the liability of the DME Organisers/ N-DME Network for death or personal injury arising from the negligence of wilful acts of the DME Organisers/ N-DME Network.

The DME organisers/ N-DME Network may retain all submissions, including posters, which they may use at their sole discretion for use or publication.

LANGUAGE

The official language of the DME Award is English. All documentation, posters, questionnaires and presentations must be submitted in English. If some explanation cannot be provided in English, but only in the respective national language of the applicant, a short summary of the material in English is needed. Specific deadlines might be set to an earlier date if there is a need to translate information into English.

EVALUATION PROCEDURE

DME AWARD JUDGING CRITERIA

The DME Award Judging criteria are in line with the Design Management Staircase Factors and the sections of the DME Award Poster.

The DME judging Criteria are:

  • Resources

  • Awareness of Benefits

  • Planning

  • Process

  • Expertise

DME AWARD JUDGING

All DME Award entrants will solely be judged based on their poster submissions. The DME Award Jury will assess all DME Award Poster submission based on the five (5) Design Management Staircase Factors.

Any information from the DME Award Questionnaire will not be used for the judging procedure and will not be accessible for the DME Award Jury.

DME AWARD JUDGES

Five jury members will be selected by the DME Award Board from nominations provided by the wider DME Network. All DME jury members are qualified designers, design academics or specialists in Design Management.

Each jury member will judge all DME Award poster submissions fairly and independently. The decision-making process is solely based on the DME Award judging criteria. In case of conflicts of interests the jury member will not judge the particular submission. The DME Award Organiser, the N-DME Network Partners and other external party have no influence on any decisions made by the jury members.

HOW MANY WINNERS ARE IN EACH DME AWARD CATEGORY?

The DME Award is not a competition. A DME Award or a DME Award Honourable Mention is awarded to all companies from each category, which have demonstrated exceptional Design Management practices.

The jury’s decision of the DME Award Winners and Honourable Mentions is final.

USE OF MATERIAL PROVIDED BY THE APPLICANTS

DME AWARD REGISTRATION QUESTIONNAIRE

Information provided in the DME Award Registration Questionnaire is only accessible to the N-DME Network.

The DME Award has a significant research agenda and the DME Award Registration Questionnaire is designed as both an administrative and research tool. By entering the DME Award and submitting the DME Award Registration Questionnaire all applicants give their consent that the provided information may exclusively be used for research purposes. Any information consented for research purposes will be strictly anonymised and will not be published in a way that can identify the applicant. Such publications will refer to groups and clusters of profiles with no direct reference to the name or origin of individual DME Award applicants.

If a DME Award applicant is considered significant for an individual case study, they will be contacted directly for consent and possible collaboration.

DME AWARD POSTER

The N-DME Network may retain all submissions, including posters, which they may use at their sole discretion.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they do not breach the copyright of others in their submission. Any confidential material supplied should be marked and brought to the attention of the N-DME Network. The N-DME Network trusts that the applicants can appreciate that we generally cannot name photographers or authors. In participating in the 2014/15 DME Award, applicants shall allow the N-DME Network to publish the results of the judges’ decisions in various media.

DME AWARD BOOK OF WINNERS

Selected applicants will be contacted for additional material to prepare the DME Award Book of Winners and audio visual material for the DME Award Ceremony. All submitted materials may be used free of charge by the N-DME Network.

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