Relations in design thinking: A case study of a social network

Elizabeth M. Gerber*

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Abstract

This paper describes an inductive study of the structure of relations supporting design thinking. Design thinking is a method used by work teams to innovate by identifying problems, generating solutions, prototyping and testing ideas to meet user needs. Practitioners and academics of design were asked to identify relationships that they believed facilitated design thinking. Respondents identified ten relationships such as relations in which they felt safe failing, receiving evaluation, and receiving resources (such as financial and human). To verify their responses, I collected complete social network data of a design thinking team at a high tech firm in Silicon Valley. The data shows the structure of relations believed to support design thinking work. This study sheds new light on the structure of relationships involved in design thinking work and contributes to the growing academic interest in design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Event66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2006Aug 16 2006

Other

Other66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period8/11/068/16/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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