Solving Problems with Design Thinking: Ten Stories of What Works

Hardcover | September 3, 2013

byJeanne Liedtka, Andrew King, Kevin Bennett

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Design-oriented firms such as Apple and IDEO have demonstrated how design thinking can affect business results. However, most managers lack a sense of how to use this new approach for issues other than product development and sales growth. Solving Problems with Design Thinking details ten real-world examples of managers who successfully applied design methods at 3M, Toyota, IBM, Intuit, and SAP; entrepreneurial start-ups such as MeYou Health; and government and social sector organizations, including the City of Dublin and Denmark's The Good Kitchen.

Using design skills such as ethnography, visualization, storytelling, and experimentation, these managers produced innovative solutions to such problems as implementing strategy, supporting a sales force, redesigning internal processes, feeding the elderly, and engaging citizens. They elaborate on the challenges they faced and the processes and tools they used, providing a clear path to implementation based on the principles and practices laid out in Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie's Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers.

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Design-oriented firms such as Apple and IDEO have demonstrated how design thinking can affect business results. However, most managers lack a sense of how to use this new approach for issues other than product development and sales growth. Solving Problems with Design Thinking details ten real-world examples of managers who successful...

Jeanne Liedtka has been involved in the corporate strategy field for more than thirty years. She has served as associate dean of the MBA program at the Darden School of Business, executive director of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and chief learning officer at United Technologies Corporation.Andrew King has...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword1. Dispelling the Moses Myth2. Reimagining the Trade Show Experience at IBM3. Postmerger Integration at Suncorp4. Transforming B2B Customer Engagement at 3M5. Rethinking Strategic Planning at SAP6. Redesigning the Customer Contact Center at Toyota7. Social Networking at MeYou Health8. Industry Collaboration in Financial Services with the FiDJI Project 9. Rethinking Subsidized Meals for the Elderly at The Good Kitchen10. Engaging the Citizens of Dublin11. Scaling a Design Thinking Competency at Intuit12. Where Do We Go from Here?Postscript. Educating Managers for Design

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This book offers a solid, in-depth look at the power of design thinking to solve organizational problems. Better yet, through real-life examples, it demonstrates a far more important skill: how to uncover the more urgent problems lurking beneath the surface. The authors brilliantly reveal how the design mindset can permeate-and then transform-an organization.