Design Thinking as a Phenomenon - Design Thinking as a Contemporary Phenomenon and as an Object of Discussion

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Hanttu, Aino 2013-06-28T06:13:16Z 2013-06-28T06:13:16Z 2013
dc.description.abstract Design thinking is fundamentally about how designers think and what tools and methods they use in their profession. During the past decade, design thinking has become a popular topic within design and especially business communities. Business leaders and managers have adapted design thinking as a part of their companies’ innovation process and the business community has given a new flavour to the term. Design thinking has become an exceedingly discussed phenomenon in business and design-related media. This thesis aims to study how design thinking is understood in different domains, why design thinking became a phenomenon and especially why it became so prominent within the business and management community. The objective is also to discover how and why design thinking became a fad. Furthermore the aim is to understand the possible affects of design thinking phenomenon to the design community and domain. A literature review was conducted for the thesis. The topic is based on instant history, therefore sources used are mainly online based: online business and design journal articles and blog posts. In addition to online sources, the literature review consists of books, journals and academia papers of fundamental key thought leaders for the purpose of this thesis. In addition, a handful of design and business professionals who deal with the term in their day-to-day profession were interviewed in order to support the research and to understand the variation of opinions regarding design thinking. It is discovered that design thinking became a contemporary phenomenon in the past decade and that it became a fad between 2008 and 2011. At least two separate discussion discourses are recognized, one in business domain and the other in design domain. It was found that the two discourses discuss and understand design thinking in different ways: the design discourse sees design thinking as a fundamental designer trait that mainly designers possess, when the business discourse understands design thinking more as tools and methods that can be adapted by anyone. Also, it is discovered that over time some of the key thought figures participating in the design thinking discussion change their original opinion on the value of design thinking. Furthermore, the principal conclusion is that design thinking phenomenon has enhanced the value of design for business and the general awareness of design profession. Business leaders and managers have given a great deal of attention to design tools and methods in order to create novel ideas and innovation within their companies. In addition, the visibility of design in media has increased the awareness of what design profession can hold in it and how design can enhance the value companies give to their customers with their products and services. en
dc.format.extent 60
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.other Management en
dc.title Design Thinking as a Phenomenon - Design Thinking as a Contemporary Phenomenon and as an Object of Discussion en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Department of Design en
dc.contributor.department Muotoilun laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword Design Thinking en
dc.subject.keyword Design en
dc.subject.keyword Trend en
dc.subject.keyword Design in Business en
dc.subject.keyword Phenomenon en
dc.subject.keyword Business en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201306186507
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Korvenmaa, Pekka
dc.programme Master's Degree Programme in International Design Business Management en
dc.programme Master's Degree Programme in International Design Business Management fi

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