Design has long struggled to justify its value as a business activity, and while it has gained ground it is still losing too often. Designers know it is the primary source of innovation, problem solving, and is one of the few truly sustainable competitive advantages.
What designers don't realize is that most business activities are either belief or superstition, rather than based on a reliable return on investment (ROI) calculation. Business people and designers lack a shared understanding of how design creates value, and so they use their specialized language to defend their position, and ultimately reduce the competitiveness of the business.
This is a work in progress on that issue, by Chris Finlay and Jason Gaikowski, focused on creating a critical chain of logic to help both business people and designers understand how to create value together.