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Towards an understanding of success dimensions in Design Thinking education

Lembcke, Tim-Benjamin (2016) Towards an understanding of success dimensions in Design Thinking education.

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Abstract:Ideation and innovation processes have become a cornerstone for the competitiveness of organisations. Design Thinking is one promising way to extend the creative potential of both students and professionals. Interdisciplinary teams solving complex challenges in open innovation spaces are the specialty of Design Thinking. The HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam, Germany, offers education programmes for students and professionals to become proficient in the process and methods. This thesis focuses on the question of how the current student education programme in Potsdam can be evaluated. Previous research in this area mainly focused on professional contexts. As no formal accreditation seems suitable for the student programme, a congeneric literature review suggested 4 success dimensions: motivation and understanding, learning goals, learning experience and facilitation, success perception and personal development. In a qualitative and explorative format, 13 interviewees (applicants, students, coaches and staff members) were invited for in-depth interviews. Team work is perceived as most relevant for the education programme and is understood as collaborative and innovative problem solving among team members from diverse backgrounds. Students perceive the programme as successful when they learn how to work and manage interdisciplinary teams (team-level), how to develop their creative confidence (personal-level) and how to apply Design Thinking for future projects (content-level). Several important success elements for each success dimension were derived, providing the base for the development of quantitative or qualitative evaluation measures capturing the overall programme. Extensive descriptions of the rich results provide a current state of the Design Thinking programme and suggest future improvement areas. In making implicit knowledge of the available to the academic society, researchers and individuals outside this subject area can gain a deeper understanding of the Design Thinking programme.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
HPI School of Design Thinking, Potsdam, Germany
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 80 pedagogy, 81 education, teaching, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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