Multidisciplinary research teams from Stanford University and HPI work on diverse topics concerned with Design Thinking, its process, method, interaction patterns and tools in order to investigate the phenomena of innovation.
Karen von Schmieden is a PhD candidate in the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program and an editor for the ThisIsDesignThinking.net web resource project. She has a background in journalism and worked for several print and online publications. Her research interests focus on design thinking in organizations and public institutions, teaching design thinking to users in these environments, and the role of design thinking as a method in public participation strategies.She studied Arts and Culture with a major in Political Culture (B.A.) in Maastricht and Istanbul and holds a Master’s Degree in European Studies of Society, Science and Technology from the ESST European Inter-University Association, which she pursued in Maastricht and Lisbon with a focus on water management. She subsequently participated in the HPI D-School Potsdam and has worked as a freelance coach in design thinking trainings.
Design Thinking Research Program
The HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program strives to apply rigorous academic methods to understand how and why Design Thinking innovation works and fails.
"We must strive to improve our understanding of innovation processes in order to bring better solutions to society more quickly."