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Design Thinking: An Approach with Various Perceptions
Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design
  • Sanne Bouwman, Delft University of Technology
  • Jesper Voorendt, Delft University of Technology
  • Boris Eisenbart, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Seda McKilligan, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
8-5-2019
DOI
10.1017/dsi.2019.150
Conference Title
International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED19
Conference Date
August 5-8, 2019
Geolocation
(52.01157689999999, 4.357067700000016)
Abstract

Design Thinking has become increasingly popular across different disciplines. However, what it exactly entails is becoming more and more vague, leading to the term being used for many different approaches and applications. This paper presents an interview study with experts on the application and training of Design Thinking in academia and industry. We find a divide with some seeing Design Thinking as a mere toolbox of methods, while others see it as an umbrella term for the mindset that determines how designers think and act. Subjects unanimously attest the approach large potential to support certain types of businesses, when applied under the leadership of trained designers, but see a lot of danger for the approach to become meaningless if it keeps being advertised as an all-purpose problem-solving tool. The interviewees further share extensive experiences on specific success factors and pitfalls in applying Design Thinking in practice.

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This conference paper Design Thinking: An Approach with Various Perceptions. was presented at International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED19. August 5-8-2019, Delft, The Netherlands. 1(1);1443-1452. Doi: 10.1017/dsi.2019.150.

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Copyright Owner
ICED10
Language
en
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Sanne Bouwman, Jesper Voorendt, Boris Eisenbart and Seda McKilligan. "Design Thinking: An Approach with Various Perceptions" Delft, The NetherlandsProceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2019) p. 1443 - 1452
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/seda-yilmaz/58/