Can innovation be reduced to a process?

Helen Walters on the persistent problems with design thinking, and the attempts to graft its processes onto businesses. Rumours of the failure of design thinking appear to have been somewhat overblown.

At the recent Design Research conference in Seattle, the consensus reportedly held that whether or not you like the term, design thinking is here to stay. At a recent panel discussion in New York, “Design Thinking: Dead or Alive?” it was hard to find any of the speakers (of which I was one) quibbling with more than the fact that it wasn’t a very interesting question.

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Dismissal of the spreadsheet crowd

Dismissal of the spreadsheet crowd

Design thinking is trotted out as a salve for businesses who need help with innovation. The idea is that the left-brained, MBA-trained, spreadsheet-driven crowd has squeezed all the value they can out of their methods. To fix things, all you need to do is apply some right-brained turtleneck-wearing “creatives,” “ideating” tons of concepts and creating new opportunities for value out of whole cloth.

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