Design thinking: Pedagogy and the promise of utopia

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Abstract

This paper considers the field of Design Thinking using the concept of utopia. This concept is applied loosely and suggestively to try to raise questions about how Design Thinking is represented in pedagogic terms and how it is connected to and informed by the wider and more 'populist' discursive sphere. Design Thinking is emerging as an academic discipline yet it is also a 'buzzword' characterised by hyperbole and overblown claims to its impact and efficacy. We might assume that Design Thinking in the classroom is informed by rigorous academic discipline and therefore distinct from the sphere of the buzzword. But are they distinct? How do the two relate to one another in practice? This paper will suggest that there is evidence of seepage between the academic and popular language and that the utopian project found in populist discourse does inform academic accounts as well.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2017
EditorsChristophe Loue, Sonia Ben Slimane, Sonia Ben Slimane
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
Pages819-822
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781911218555
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event12th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2017 - Paris, France
Duration: 21 Sep 201722 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE
Volume2017-September
ISSN (Print)2049-1050

Conference

Conference12th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ECIE 2017
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period21/09/1722/09/17

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Keywords

  • Design thinking
  • Pedagogy
  • Utopia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management

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