Design Thinking Research

Building Innovation Eco-Systems

  • Larry Leifer
  • Hasso Plattner
  • Christoph Meinel

Part of the Understanding Innovation book series (UNDINNO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Christoph Meinel, Larry Leifer
    Pages 3-10
  3. All Design Activity Is Ultimately Social in Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shelley Goldman, Zandile Kabayadondo, Adam Royalty, Maureen P. Carroll, Bernard Roth
      Pages 11-34
    3. Chinmay Kulkarni, Steven P. Dow, Scott R Klemmer
      Pages 49-62
    4. Grace Hawthorne, Eve Marie Quintin, Manish Saggar, Nick Bott, Eliza Keinitz, Ning Liu et al.
      Pages 65-77
  4. Design Thinkers Must Preserve Ambiguity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Adam Royalty, Lindsay Noelle Oishi, Bernard Roth
      Pages 79-96
    3. Julia von Thienen, Christoph Meinel, Claudia Nicolai
      Pages 97-102
    4. Birgit Jobst, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 105-113
  5. All Design Is Re-design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Matthias Wenzel, Lutz Gericke, Raja Gumienny, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 115-134
    3. Lauren Aquino Shluzas, Martin Steinert, Riitta Katila
      Pages 135-149
    4. Thomas Beyhl, Gregor Berg, Holger Giese
      Pages 153-182
  6. Make Ideas Tangible

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Thomas Kowark, Franziska Häger, Ralf Gehrer, Jens Krüger
      Pages 183-202
    3. Holger Rhinow, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 239-252

About this book


This book summarizes the results of Design Thinking Research carried out at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, USA, and Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany.

The authors offer readers a closer look at Design Thinking with its processes of innovations and methods. The contents of the articles range from how to design ideas, methods, and technologies via creativity experiments and wicked problem solutions, to creative collaboration in the real world and the connectivity of designers and engineers. But the topics go beyond this in their detailed exploration of design thinking and its use in IT systems engineering fields and even from a management perspective.

The authors show how these methods and strategies work in companies, introduce new technologies and their functions and demonstrate how Design Thinking can influence as diverse a topic area as marriage. Furthermore, we see how special design thinking use functions in solving wicked problems in complex fields.

Thinking and creating innovations are basically and inherently human – so is Design Thinking. Due to this, Design Thinking is not only a factual matter or a result of special courses nor of being gifted or trained: it’s a way of dealing with our environment and improving techniques, technologies and life.


Creativity D-School Design Thinking Hasso Plattner Institute IT Development Innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Larry Leifer
    • 1
  • Hasso Plattner
    • 2
  • Christoph Meinel
    • 3
  1. 1.Stanford Center for Design ResearchStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Hasso-Plattner-InstitutePotsdamGermany
  3. 3.Hasso-Plattner-InstitutePotsdamGermany

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