Developing High-Performing Teams: A Design Thinking Led Approach

  • Heath KeighranEmail author
  • Sisira Adikari
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9746)


A highly functional team is fundamental to the ongoing business success, and organizations spend a significant amount of resources on improving team performance. Creating a high-performing team is far more challenging than imagined in an enterprise with continuously changing business demands. This paper examines how the application of design thinking can lead to developing highly functional teams that deliver effective team performance and outcomes. This study involved embedding design thinking into co-design as an approach to develop and implement strategies that satisfy a high-performing team structure. Four dynamic teams of total seven team members actively engaged with two business designers in co-design. Upon the setting up, all team members worked with the new team structure for seven weeks. A questionnaire was administered to team members to assess their new experience, perceptions on performance and outcomes in the new team structure followed by a focus group workshop. The results of the subsequent data analysis indicate that team members performed significantly better in the new team structure and delivered higher levels of team outcomes.


Co-design Design thinking High-performing teams 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Business Design, Crooked FoxCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.School of Information Systems and AccountingUniversity of CanberraCanberraAustralia

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