Design thinking mindset: Developing creative confidence

Lars Groeger, Jochen Schweitzer, Leanne Sobel, Bridget Malcom

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While knowledge of design thinking (DT) processes and familiarity with its tools can be achieved relatively quickly, few educational programs foster a DT mindset. This study examines the effect of an experiential DT learning environment on the development of a DT mindset. We analyse the extent to which key attributes of a DT mindset are understood, evaluated and assessed. We show that the general value and related challenges of learning a DT mindset are well understood. However, students perceive the importance and value of particular mindset attributes differently; in particular, postgraduate student reflections provide a nuanced and interlinked view of different mindset attributes. We provide a framework for learning objectives and exemplary activities to teach and encourage designerly ways of thinking and doing in business education. We argue that a mindset that embodies DT can address deficits in business school education, better preparing students for future work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Perspectives In the era of Transformations
EditorsErik Bohemia, Gerda Gemse, Nuša Fain, Cees de Bont, Rita Assoreira Almendra
Place of PublicationLoughborough, UK
PublisherAcademy for Design Innovation Management
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781912769018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
EventConference of the Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019: Research Perspectives In the era of Transformations - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management
PublisherAcademy for Design Innovation Management
ISSN (Electronic)2632-0045


ConferenceConference of the Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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  • Design Thinking
  • Mindset
  • MBA
  • Creative Confidence
  • Education


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