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Design Thinking for Innovation

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.
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University of Virginia

Rating 4.6 based on 782 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
Starts Apr 22 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $59
From University of Virginia via Coursera
Instructor Jeanne M. Liedtka
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Language English
Subjects Business
Tags Business Entrepreneurship Business Strategy

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highly recommend in 19 reviews

Highly recommend.

It was a great learning for me... highly recommend this course GOOD but they should add more assignments to allow us to practice Very good introduction!

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Excellent introduction to design thinking, and a great assessment task that applies the theory to a practical scenario.

I highly recommend committing few hours to this course and gaining valuable insights Great examples, very dynamic course and you can inmediatly use it in your day to day work Great introduction, both accessible and technical, to Design Thinking.

I highly recommend.

This is a great overview of Design Thinking and how it applies to any business.I would highly recommend that participants read any of the books published by Professor Liedtka as it provides many interesting examples which reinforce the concepts discussed in class.

Highly recommend!

I highly recommend this as a short introduction to the principles of design thinking.

case studies in 17 reviews

I would expect introduction of more techniques and case studies.

The real time case studies and the way people solved their problems through design thinking is an excellent motivation to take up design thinking seriouslyDr.

and more case studies.

The best parts were the Case Studies that were presented.

Wonderful videos and explanations from the guest field experts/consultants and examples of real life case studies, I really enjoyed the reflection assignment as it made me have to organise the creative process that I used to overcome a specific challenge on a project and get into the motions of the 4 W's in a way that I hadn't realised is natural.

It was really helpful!Thank you.. Great Introductory course for Design Thinking - Very good examples & case studies - Assignment could have been more rigorous This course helped me a lot to know about design thinking.

A great course for solving practical business issues Course is good and more case studies videos are required.

practical but it can do with some more case studies and deliberate discussion questions every week to keep the discussion board focused and engaged muito bla bla bla, pouco resultado, pouca comprovacão de funcionamento.

design thinking process in 13 reviews

I liked a lot that it was clear and short (4/5 weeks) and it gave a good overview over the design thinking process.

Material de apoio e foruns excelentes The examples shared to explain complex concepts were very insightful I really liked the course, I just think it could dive deeper into other design tools that are used during the Design Thinking Process, instead of making use of a lot of videos explaining why Design Thinking is important.

It will be even better the course can illustrate how to use the tools to support the design thinking process.

Although I would have loved to see more about each part of the Design Thinking process, this course gave me a very useful insight to further study Design Thinking.

I find the information very useful to my own entrepreneurship and design thinking processes.

Until we have a number of people who understand and are ready to follow design thinking processes, it would be waste of a great concept.

‎Professor Jeanne Liedtka totally demystified the design thinking process, and tools, and made it very accessible.

But I wished they uploaded the lecture slides and the templates for the design thinking process.

real life in 10 reviews

Through simple insights, real life examples and great visualization tools, this course offers in a few weeks enough material to change your perspective about alternative ways to tackle big and small scale problems.

Real life cases taken as illustration helps in understanding It is such a great course that i learned how to solve the problems by using design thinking toolkit .. advice you to join it and make your mind different Very clever storytelling made good picture in my mind and is still there as visual thinking guide.i have had some courses already that was one of my top 5 Información de primer nivel Maravilhoso!!!

Very good content and real life examples available in this course.

Even thought the participants only will get real understanding of the material when executing them in real life, as with so many topics that are being sought, this course helps you to understand what is special to design thinking.

Best course ever, very hands-ond oriented, practical example applicable to real life business innovation projects.

I definitely recommend it :) A methodological approach that provides both a global overview of Design Thinking and tools to solve real life scenarios with it.

What i really loved about the course was the real life examples and cases.

Though we apply some of them in real life somewhere or other but the program gave me a very structured approach to apply them.

highly recommended in 8 reviews

Highly Recommended Muy buen curso para iniciar con esta metodología.

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended.

Highly recommended This course is great to get to grips with the design thinking methodology and tools.

Very Informative Course highly recommended to every professional & students who are about to enter in their professional career Everything you want to be more innovate and creative in whatever your field now is.

Highly recommended it.

problem solving in 8 reviews

I gained new skills to problem solving.

The course gives a very good introduction on some tools that can be applied to new designs and even problem solving methods.

Breaking down the design process into the four 'What' stages changed my perception towards how to approach problem solving in the industry.

Provided new and exciting approaches to problem solving.

Fantastic couse for anyone who is interested in learning the unique and powerfull problem solving method known as design thinking Broadens the horizons of approaching solutions!

A good course to learn about tools used in design thinking and problem solving.

There are many approaches to problem solving and as its a vague and non conventional process often, it leads to directionless hard work and in turn deviates from the expected results.

That is where Design Thinking comes in, and this course has helped me learn the structure of problem solving which can be applied universally regardless of what the problems are.


An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Thinking about a career in banking? $31k

Adjunct Instructor - Design Thinking $32k

Coordinator, Thinking and Writing course $44k

Instructor, Web Design/Graphic Design $48k

Member of the Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee $60k

design/drafting 2 $61k

Design Team $72k

Design & Production $72k

Design-Build Design Coordinator $73k

Industrial Design/Product Design $104k

Global Program Manager, Design Thinking @ SAP Services $159k

Merchandise design $167k

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University of Virginia

Rating 4.6 based on 782 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
Starts Apr 22 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $59
From University of Virginia via Coursera
Instructor Jeanne M. Liedtka
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Business
Tags Business Entrepreneurship Business Strategy

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