The Impact of Human-Centred Design Workshops in Strategic Design Projects

  • André Liem
  • Elizabeth B. -N. Sanders
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6776)


Implementation of Human-centred Design methods in the Fuzzy Front-End is not likely to lead to diversification in educational product planning exercises, where time lines are short and executors lack experience. Companies, interested to collaborate with M.Sc. students on strategic design projects, should have realistic ambitions with respect to innovation and value creation. Moreover, diversification is not the only generic growth strategy to gain competitive advantage. Value can also be created from developing new products for existing markets, or creating new markets for existing products. On the contrary, companies who aim for diversification in their generic growth strategies, may not always end up with a complementary “high valued” design outcome. From a learning perspective, the understanding of HCD methods created awareness among students and companies that respect and empathy for the end-user are important for enriching their design processes, as such increasing the chances for diversification in subsequent projects with clients.


User-centred Design Human-centred Design Co-creation Design-led Innovation Front End of Innovation Positioning Maps Diversification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • André Liem
    • 1
  • Elizabeth B. -N. Sanders
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Product DesignNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.MakeTools, LCCColumbusUSA

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