For Researcher
For Researcher

HPI provides design thinking to students and professionals while at the same time constantly putting its method and ecosystem to the test. In the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program (HPDTRP) in Potsdam and Stanford, questions are investigated as to how Design Thinking can be improved, where its past successes lie, and what area of implementation makes the most sense in a corporate and organizational setting.

Information for Researchers

At HPI we focus on the application of design thinking  -  primarily in companies, start-ups and NGOs. This innovation approach helps in increasing team creativity and responding to social change. Thereby, exciting questions are raised for innovation research. To answer them, PhDs, postdocs and professors from Potsdam and Stanford work together closely. Research focuses primarily on team dynamics and the transfer of research to practice.

Currently the following research projects are being undertaken at HPI: 

In the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program (HPDTRP), theoretical and practical aspects of design thinking are examined, developed and partially redesigned. Research and teaching are closely linked. Accumulated findings are evaluated in the research and, after a thorough examination, flow into the training of students and professionals.


Dr. Claudia Nicolai

HPI D-School
Academic Director