The Design thinking mindset: an assessment of what we know and what we see in practice

Jochen Schweitzer, Lars Groeger, Leanne Sobel

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Abstract

We review the design and management literature to identify and define key components of a design thinking mindset and report initial findings from fifteen in-depth interviews with innovation managers, who reflect on their practices while implementing design thinking in their organizations. Our study confirms a set of commonly understood and applied mindsets, but also reveals organizational constraints on translating cognition into behaviour. We argue that further mapping of design thinking mindsets and linking them to leadership theory provides a suitable point of departure for the study of design thinking and its role for innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-94
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of design, business & society
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • design thinking
  • human-centred design
  • innovation
  • leadership
  • mindset

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