Methods and applications of the design procedure, looked upon as a manifestation of management skills, are described on examples of the Finnish and French state power companies IVO and EdF, respectively. For understanding the activities at IVO, facts concerning the development of the organization structure of this joint-stock company and its rules as well as basic data of the Finnish power industry are given. The IVOSTUDY program package used for decision-making in the field of capital investments is described, as are the information systems employed by the managements of IVO and EdF. The management program systems ARTEMIS, BASIS, AFORA PMS and APROS are also discussed and experience from their use by the two companies is summarized. (J.P.).