United We Stand: A Critique of the Design Thinking Approach in Interdisciplinary Innovation

Julian Malins, Fiona Mciver, Kantorovitch Julia, Liapis Aggelos

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There has been a recent upsurge in the promotion of ‘creative thinking’. The input of several disciplines is necessary to innovate new products and services. However, there remain many challenges to collaboration amongst creative and science-based disciplines. This paper examines disparities between designers and technologists when innovating and tackling problems. It is suggested that dominance of one party is likely to result in inadequate results. This paper seeks to explore how collaboration can be mediated by design thinking. A case study of designers and technologists working on a software development project is presented. The case study highlights challenges resulting from differences between designers and technologists. Guiding principles aimed at facilitating collaboration are outlined. Finally, the paper reflects on the symbiosis between the disciplines, and how difference in fact cultivates innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference: Future-Focused Thinking - University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016


Conference2016 Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference
Abbreviated titleDRS2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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