Research Handbook on Design Thinking


Research Handbook on Design Thinking

9781802203127 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Karla Straker, Senior Lecturer of Design, School of Architecture and Cara Wrigley, Professor of Design, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and IT, The University of Queensland, Australia
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 312 7 Extent: 342 pp
This Research Handbook includes carefully chosen contributions to provide a well-rounded perspective on design thinking. Encouraging debate and development for future research in design conceptualisation, this forward-thinking Handbook raises crucial questions about what design thinking is and what it could be

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This Research Handbook includes carefully chosen contributions to provide a well-rounded perspective on design thinking. Encouraging debate and development for future research in design conceptualisation, this forward-thinking Research Handbook raises crucial questions about what design thinking is and what it could be.

With thirty-six expert contributors representing a wide range of disciplines, this Research Handbook contains seventeen chapters structured into three thematic parts to explore the people, processes, and practices of design thinking. Method case studies demonstrate how design thinking has been implemented across different disciplines and contexts. Challenging current design methodologies, chapters move beyond outcome-focused perspectives to examine the diverse range of processes employed for design research. While each chapter provides a novel perspective on design practice, read as an entire work, it continuously challenges the reader to reposition their perspectives. The Handbook unpacks the creative process by isolating each stage and examining them in detail, tracing success through empirical evidence back to design origins.

The Research Handbook on Design Thinking provides an overview of the field’s history, theoretical approaches, key concepts, perspectives, and methods. It is well-suited to academics and practitioners interested in the development of design thinking theory and the different perspectives traversing theory through to practice globally.
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‘The Research Handbook on Design Thinking is a helpful and intriguing read for those who want to further their knowledge of design thinking. The experts who are included in this book provide a wide variety of content, and overall, a holistic examination of design thinking, that allows the reader to gain insights with every chapter.’
– Lorraine Justice, Rochester Institute of Technology, US

‘In the Research Handbook on Design Thinking, Karla Straker and Cara Wrigley reaffirm their already proven expertise in design thinking by assembling seventeen pertinent essays from thirty-six authors. From how-to applications and case studies to experiments in neuroscience, topics range from current practices to future forecasts. All convincingly highlight the importance of harnessing the power of creative thought. Even if you believe you’re familiar with design thinking, this book will be mind-opening.’
– Dan Formosa, ThinkActHuman
Contributors: Jeffrey E. Brand, Thomas Boillat, Ivano Bongiovanni, Sally Cloke, Jotte de Koning,  Tobias T. Eismann, Philip Ely, Sebastian K. Fixson, Ilya Fridman, John Gero, Dilek Gürsoy, Leah Heiss, Michael Howlett, Sairah Hussain, Jan Jervis, Marek Kowalkiewicz, Jane E. Machin, Lina Markauskaite, Benjamin Matthews, Judy Matthews, Martin Meinel, Julie Milovanovic, Carlos Montana, Genevieve Mosely, Roland M. Mueller, Robbie Napper, Elena Novak, Rowan Page, Rebecca Anne Price, Mark Roxburgh, Jesal Shah, Amrik S. Sohal, Ilker Soyturk, Karla Straker, Katja Thoring, Peter Townson, Kai-Ingo Voigt, Cara Wrigley

Introduction to the Research Handbook on Design Thinking 1
Karla Straker and Cara Wrigley

1 A design thinker’s mind: insights on the neurocognitive processes of ideation 7
John Gero and Julie Milovanovic
2 Design facilitation practice: an integrated framework 25
Genevieve Mosely and Lina Markauskaite
3 Who gets to wear the black turtleneck? Questioning the profession of
design thinking 46
Sally Cloke, Mark Roxburgh and Benjamin Matthews
4 Method case study – Making design thinking tactile: unlocking meaning
and experiences with tactile tools and generative prototypes 71
Rowan Page and Leah Heiss

5 The agile landscape of design thinking 81
Katja Thoring and Roland M. Mueller
6 Bridging the academia–industry gap through design thinking: research
innovation sprints 103
Ivano Bongiovanni, Peter Townson and Marek Kowalkiewicz
7 Design4Health: developing design thinking bootcamps in the Middle East 128
Carlos Montana and Thomas Boillat
8 Design thinking to improve student mental well-being 143
Jane E. Machin
9 From gas to green: designing a social contagion strategy for the energy
transition in Rotterdam, the Netherlands 165
Jesal Shah, Rebecca Anne Price and Jotte de Koning
10 Method case study – A design thinking toolkit for framing market conditions 191
Ilya Fridman, Robbie Napper, Amrik S. Sohal and Sairah Hussain

11 The fragility of design thinking: applying symbolic interactionism to
promote shared meaning 202
Jan Jervis and Jeffrey E. Brand
12 Dealing with the difficulties of policy formulation in policy design: the
merits and demerits of the application of design thinking to the policy realm 221
Michael Howlett
13 The weakest link: the importance of problem framing in design thinking 233
Martin Meinel, Tobias T. Eismann, Sebastian K. Fixson and Kai-Ingo Voigt
14 Factor structure, validity, and reliability of an instrument for assessing
design thinking 247
Elena Novak and Ilker Soyturk
15 Using action research to facilitate and teach design thinking in graduate
management education 266
Judy Matthews
16 Method case study – The transmedia journalism design thinking toolkit 282
Dilek Gürsoy
17 Conclusion – Beyond normal design thinking: reflections on the
evolution of a paradigm and ideas for the new incommensurable 295
Philip Ely

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