Design Thinking Research

Making Design Thinking Foundational

  • Hasso Plattner
  • Christoph Meinel
  • Larry Leifer

Part of the Understanding Innovation book series (UNDINNO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Larry Leifer, Christoph Meinel
    Pages 1-4
  3. Claudia Koch, Christoph Meinel, Larry Leifer
    Pages 5-12
  4. Tools and Techniques for Improved Team Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Matthias Wenzel, Lutz Gericke, Christoph Thiele, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 15-33
    3. Neeraj Sonalkar, Ade Mabogunje, Gina Pai, Aparna Krishnan, Bernard Roth
      Pages 35-51
    4. Lauren Aquino Shluzas, Gabriel Aldaz, Larry Leifer
      Pages 53-66
    5. Chinmay Kulkarni, Julia Cambre, Yasmine Kotturi, Michael S. Bernstein, Scott Klemmer
      Pages 67-92
    6. David Sirkin, Brian Mok, Stephen Yang, Rohan Maheshwari, Wendy Ju
      Pages 93-108
  5. Creativity and Creative Confidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Claudia Nicolai, Marie Klooker, Dora Panayotova, Daniela Hüsam, Ulrich Weinberg
      Pages 125-139
    3. Joel Sadler, Lauren Shluzas, Paulo Blikstein, Riitta Katila
      Pages 141-154
  6. Measuring Design Thinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Jan Schmiedgen, Lea Spille, Eva Köppen, Holger Rhinow, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 157-170
  7. Documentation and Information Transfer in Design Thinking Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Franziska Häger, Thomas Kowark, Matthias Uflacker
      Pages 187-201
    3. Julia P. A. von Thienen, Anja Perlich, Johannes Eschrig, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 203-233
    4. Lauritz Thamsen, Bastian Steinert, Robert Hirschfeld
      Pages 235-264
    5. Thomas Beyhl, Holger Giese
      Pages 265-290

About this book


What is the actual impact of design thinking? Which tools and techniques could conceivably improve team interaction in design processes? What influences creativity? And how can information be secured? These are just a few of the questions that were addressed by research teams from Stanford University, USA, and the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering, Potsdam, Germany, within their joint Design Thinking Research Program.

Scientists from both institutions have been studying the user-centric innovation method of design thinking for many years now to gain a deep, evidence-based understanding of its underlying principles and functioning. The outcome of their studies, experiments and investigations in the sixth program year are summarized in this volume. Again research covers a diverse range of design thinking domains. The aim, however, is not only to advance design thinking theory and knowledge within the research community. Rather the program strives to ultimately improve design practice and education by gathering scientific evidence that supports design activities.

The first part of this book presents tools and techniques for improved team interaction that have been investigated and developed by the research teams. Creativity and creative confidence as central factors in design thinking are the focus of the second part. The book continues with investigations on the actual impact of design thinking and conceivable metrics. The fourth and final part of the book addresses issues of documentation and information transfer in innovation processes.

By taking the understanding of innovation to a new level that is relevant to all disciplines, our research provides a significant contribution toward making design thinking a foundational science.


D-School DTR Design thinking HPI IT development Innovating creativity

Editors and affiliations

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

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