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Design Thinking Research

Taking Breakthrough Innovation Home

  • 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 1-12
  3. Eva Köppen, Jan Schmiedgen, Holger Rhinow, Christoph Meinel
    Pages 13-15
  4. Design Thinking in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Holger Rhinow, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 19-33
    3. Marie Klooker, Claudia Nicolai, Stephan Matzdorf, Arne Trost, Karen von Schmieden, Lilith Böttcher et al.
      Pages 67-84
  5. Exploring Human-Technology Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Lauren Aquino Shluzas, Gabriel Aldaz, David Pickham, Larry Leifer
      Pages 87-100
    3. Anja Perlich, Julia von Thienen, Matthias Wenzel, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 101-123
    4. David Sirkin, Sonia Baltodano, Brian Mok, Dirk Rothenbücher, Nikhil Gowda, Jamy Li et al.
      Pages 125-143
  6. Prototyping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Joel Sadler, Lauren Aquino Shluzas, Paulo Blikstein, Sakti Srivastava
      Pages 147-160
    3. Marcel Taeumel, Robert Hirschfeld
      Pages 161-182
    4. Franziska Dobrigkeit, Sebastian Meyer, Matthias Uflacker
      Pages 183-213
  7. Developing DT Teaching and Coaching Tools and Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Mana Taheri, Thomas Unterholzer, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 217-235
    3. Chinmay Kulkarni, Yasmine Kotturi, Michael S. Bernstein, Scott Klemmer
      Pages 237-273
    4. Neeraj Sonalkar, Ade Mabogunje, Halsey Hoster, Bernard Roth
      Pages 275-289

About this book


In a very unique way, design thinking enables teams and organizations to find completely novel solutions to even complex challenges and to become sustainably innovative. The desire to understand the reason for this effect and to improve our knowledge about innovation drives the HPI Stanford Design Thinking Research Program. Since 2008 scientists from the Hasso Plattner Institute and Stanford University have engaged in multifaceted research projects to find out more about the underlying principles of this method and how and why it works. The outcomes of their studies, experiments, and investigations in the 7th program year have again been compiled and are presented in this book.

Special emphasis is placed on exploring how design thinking is applied in practice. This book presents insights from studies and real-world investigations. Research also focuses on design processes with regard to the rising importance of human-technology interaction that comes with technological progress. The third part of this publication compiles findings about prototyping—a core element in design thinking. Finally, design thinking education and training is addressed, presenting promising new approaches and tools.

Meaningful insights have been gained by applying rigorous academic methods. And they are not only intended for scientific discourse. Instead they provide guidance and inspiration for all practitioners interested in really comprehending innovation.  As we gain a deeper understanding of design innovation processes, the probability of breakthrough innovation increases.


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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.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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