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Design thinking challenges in education
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
2009 (English)In: Design has never been this cool: ICED 09, the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design ; 24 - 27 August 2009, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA ; proceedings volume / [ed] Margareta Norell Bergendahl, Glasgow: Design Research Society, 2009, 89-100 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Product development processes are commonly represented in sequential models covering the necessary stages from planning to product rollout, while processes to take needs into the development activities show other aspects, namely that understanding needs requires, for a product developer, additional skills. In our curricula for engineering design education we apply some aspects of design thinking to bring together (a) business savvy, in terms of understanding people’s needs as market opportunities, and (b) product development process, in terms of team-based creativity and collaborative skills, with (c) the basic engineering knowledge. This is a demanding aim, much because the approaches, methods and mindsets differ widely from what the students are used to. Hence, in this paper we elaborate on our efforts to educate engineers in design thinking to provide insights into some challenges for engineering design.  Three key challenges are identified, (1) integrative approaches are not straightforwardly implemented, (2) training of ‘soft’ capabilities to provide a change in thinking, and (3) social competence to make use of design thinking.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Glasgow: Design Research Society, 2009. 89-100 p.
, DS / Design Society, 58
Keyword [en]
Engineering mechanics - Construction engineering
Keyword [sv]
fasteass, Teknisk mekanik - Konstruktionsteknik
Research subject
Functional Product Development
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-38828Local ID: d5758cf0-5665-11de-9f57-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1012329
International Conference on Engineering Design : 24/08/2009 - 27/08/2009
ProViking THINK - Team för Heterogen Innovationskunskap
Godkänd; 2009; 20090611 (petert)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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