Design Thinking for Innovation

About this Course

Today innovation is everyone's business. Whether you are a manager in a global corporation, an entrepreneur starting up, in a government role, or a teacher in an elementary school, everyone is expected to get lean – to do better with less. And that is why we all need design thinking. At every level in every kind of organization, design thinking provides the tools you need to become an innovative thinker and uncover creative opportunities that are there – you're just not seeing them yet. In this course, we provide an overview of design thinking and work with a model containing four key questions and several tools to help you understand design thinking as a problem solving approach. We also look at several stories from different organizations that used design thinking to uncover compelling solutions. Enroll now for free on Coursera

Instructor: Jeanne M. Liedtka, United Technologies Corporation Professor of Business Administration, UVA Darden School of Business

What You’ll Learn

  • What design thinking is and when to use it
  • How to prepare to see and take action when an opportunity arises
  • How to use design thinking to generate innovative ideas
  • How to take the many ideas you generate and determine which ones are likely to produce specific, desired outcomes

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Design Thinking
  • Innovation Management
  • Design Management
  • Innovation

Syllabus 

Week 1: What Is Design Thinking?

Week 2: Preparing Your Mind for Innovation

Week 3: Idea Generation

Week 4: Experimentation

Week 5: Final Assignment

Approximate Completion Time: 10 hours to complete (Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week). Enroll now for free on Coursera

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Drop-In Hours: Thursday1-5p, Newcomb 170

Counselors: Kate Melton