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Design Thinking Research

Building Innovators

  • Hasso Plattner
  • Christoph Meinel
  • Larry Leifer

Part of the Understanding Innovation book series (UNDINNO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Assessing Influential Factors in Design Thinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Eva Köppen, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 15-28
    3. Manish Saggar, Grace Hawthorne, Eve-Marie Quintin, Eliza Kienitz, Nicholas T. Bott, Daniel Hong et al.
      Pages 29-39
    4. Nikolas Martelaro, Shameek Ganguly, Martin Steinert, Malte Jung
      Pages 41-57
  3. Empowering Team Collaboration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Julia von Thienen, Anja Perlich, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 101-130
    3. Chinmay Kulkarni, Koh Pang Wei, Huy Le, Daniel Chia, Kathryn Papadopoulos, Justin Cheng et al.
      Pages 131-168
    4. Raja Gumienny, Steven Dow, Matthias Wenzel, Lutz Gericke, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 169-191
  4. Supporting Information Transfer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Thomas Beyhl, Holger Giese
      Pages 211-239
    3. Bastian Steinert, Robert Hirschfeld
      Pages 241-261
    4. Franziska Häger, Thomas Kowark, Jens Krüger, Christophe Vetterli, Falk Übernickel, Matthias Uflacker
      Pages 263-289

About this book


Design thinking as a user-centric innovation method has become more and more widespread during the past years. An increasing number of people and institutions have experienced its innovative power. While at the same time the demand has grown for a deep, evidence-based understanding of the way design thinking functions. This challenge is addressed by the Design Thinking Research Program between Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, and Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany. Summarizing the outcomes of the 5th program year, this book imparts the scientific findings gained by the researchers through their investigations, experiments, and studies.

The method of design thinking works when applied with diligence and insight. With this book and the underlying research projects, we aim to understand the innovation process of design thinking and the people behind it. The contributions ultimately center on the issue of building innovators. The focus of the investigation is on what people are doing and thinking when engaged in creative design innovation and how their innovation work can be supported.

Therefore, within three topic areas, various frameworks, methodologies, mindsets, systems and tools are explored and further developed. The book begins with an assessment of crucial factors for innovators such as empathy and creativity, the second part addresses the improvement of team collaboration and finally we turn to specific tools and approaches which ensure information transfer during the design process. All in all, the contributions shed light and show deeper insights how to support the work of design teams in order to systematically and successfully develop innovations and design progressive solutions for tomorrow.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hasso Plattner
    • 1
  • Christoph Meinel
    • 2
  • Larry Leifer
    • 3
  1. 1.Campus GriebnitzseeHasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems EngineeringPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Campus GriebnitzseeHasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems EngineeringPotsdamGermany
  3. 3.Center for Design Research (CDR)Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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