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Julia von Thienen

 

Adresse:

Dr. Julia von Thienen
Hasso Plattner Institut
at the University of Potsdam
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3
14482 Potsdam, Germany

 

Kontakt:

Raum: H-3.7
Telefon: +49 (0)331 5509 526
E-Mail: Julia.vonThienen(at)hpi.de

 

Julia von Thienen was born in Berlin. She studied psychology, neuroscience and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. Her PhD work on causation also bridged these fields. Julia has taught research methodology and philosophy of science for social science students and neuroscientists at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Chicago and the University of Potsdam.

 

In 2008 Julia joined the Hasso Plattner Institute, specifically the Stanford-Potsdam Design Thinking Research Program. Julia studies design thinking as an approach to creativity and innovation. Together with her colleagues, Julia invokes several research perspectives to elucidate why and how design thinking works, in scientific terms. Some insights gleaned over the years are shared in the  lecture Why and How Design Thinking Works as well as in the course Design Thinking for Digital Engineering.

 

Research Approaches:

By means of empirical studies, typically with randomized experiments, the impact of the “3 Design Thinking Pillars” or “3P” is investigated: Creative People, Processes and Places.

Sample publications:

  • Testing different collaboration modes of people: von Thienen, J. P. A., Noweski, C., Meinel, C. & Rauth, I. (2011). The co-evolution of theory and practice in design thinking – or – “mind the oddness trap!”. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking. Understand – improve – apply (81-99). Berlin: Springer.
  • Testing different process models: Noweski, C., Scheer, A., Büttner, N., von Thienen, J. P. A., Erdmann, J. & Meinel, C. (2012). Towards a paradigm shift in education practice: Developing twenty-first century skills with design thinking. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Measuring performance in context (71-94). Berlin: Springer.
  • Testing different work places: von Thienen, J. P. A., Noweski, C., Rauth, I. Meinel, C. & Lang, S. (2012). If you want to know who you are, tell me where you are: The importance of places. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Studying co-creation in practice (53-73). Berlin: Springer.

 

Theories on creativity and innovation from various disciplines are brought together and compared to design thinking practices.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Meinel, C. & Nicolai, C. (2014). How design thinking tools help to solve wicked problems. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Building innovation eco-systems (97-102). Berlin: Springer.
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Meinel, C. & Corazza, G. E. (2017). A short theory of failure. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research. Available at: http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2017/001
  • von Thienen, J. P. A. & Meinel, C. (2019). Balancing child-like and adult approaches in creative pursuits: The sense-focus model of creative mastery. Talk at the European Collaborative Creativity Conference EC3, June 20-22, Bologna, Italy. 

 

Processes of culture development are modelled, based on creative activity and innovation adoption rates in populations.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A. (1.6.2017). Design Thinking Innovationsforschung: Muster in der Entstehung kreativer Neuerungen. [English: Design thinking innovation research: Patterns in the emergence of creative novelty.] Talk for the Berlin Scientific Society, Berlin, Germany.
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Paladini, C. & Meinel, C. (2018). Innovation modelling in engineering and scholastic philosophy. Talk at the VIII European Congress of Methodology, July 25 to 27, Jena, Germany.

 

Studies into design thinking history elucidate theoretical beliefs and concepts that inform design thinking practices today.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Ford, C. & Meinel, C. (2016). The emergence of design thinking in Californian engineering classes: Four historic concepts worth knowing. Talk at the MIC Conference: From Creative Brains to Creative Societies, September 14-16, Bologna, Italy.
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Clancey, W. J., Corazza, G. E. & Meinel, C. (2017). Theoretical foundations of design thinking. Part I: John E. Arnold’s creative thinking theories. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Making distinctions: Collaboration versus cooperation (13-40). Cham: Springer.
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Clancey, W. J. & Meinel, C. (2019). Theoretical foundations of design thinking. Part II: Robert H. McKim’s need-based design theory. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Looking further: Design thinking beyond solution-fixation (13-38). Cham: Springer.

 

Design thinking is practically applied to advance human-centred innovation. Specifically, the medical documentation system Tele-Board MED is developed to promote doctor-patient-teamwork at eye-level, and to help medical practitioners as well as patients benefit from new digital opportunities.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Perlich, A. & Meinel, C. (2015). Tele-Board MED: Supporting 21st-century-medicine for mutual benefit. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Building innovators (101-130). Berlin: Springer.
  • Perlich, A., von Thienen, J. P. A., Wenzel, M. & Meinel, C. (2017). Learning from success and failure in healthcare innovation: The story of Tele-Board MED. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Making distinctions: Collaboration versus cooperation (327-345). Cham: Springer.
  • Wenzel, M., Perlich, A., von Thienen, J. P. A. & Meinel, C. (2019). New ways of data entry in doctor-patient encounters. In H. Plattner, C. Meinel and L. Leifer (eds.), Design thinking research. Looking further: Design thinking beyond solution-fixation (159-177). Cham: Springer.

 

Design thinking education is a subject of practical developments and research, including face-to-face education and online teaching.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Royalty, A. & Meinel, C. (2017). Design thinking in higher education: How students become dedicated creative problem solvers. In C. Zhou (ed.), Handbook of research on creative problem-solving skill development in higher education (306-328). Hershey: IGI Global. 
  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Ney, S. & Meinel, C. (2019). Estimator socialization in design thinking: The dynamic process of learning how to judge creative work. In R. Beghetto and G. E. Corazza (eds.), Dynamic perspectives on creativity: New directions for theory, research and practice in education (pp. 67-99). Springer.

Sample classes:

 

Based on innovation theory and empirical research results, new tools are developed for design thinking.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Perlich, A., Meinel, C. & Corazza, G. E. (2017). Success-Failure Analysis: A tool for advancing domain knowledge – design thinking style. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research. Available at: http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2017/002
  • von Thienen, J., Traifeh, H., Meinel, C., Schubotz, A., Diez, M., Krogmann, S., Bourazan, A., Radunski, A., Boockmeyer, A. & Gharib, R. (2018). Bring home methods: Additions to the bootcamp bootleg. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research. Available at: https://ecdtr.hpi.de/report/2018/001/

 

Successful design thinking practices are introduced in other work areas to facilitate collaboration and innovation in these fields.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A. & Meinel, C. (2014). A design thinking process to tackle individual life problems. Electronic colloquium on design thinking research. Available at: http://ecdtr.hpi-web.de/report/2014/002
  • von Thienen, J. P. A. & Meinel, C. (2016). Tele-Board MED: Supporting creative problem solving in behaviour psychotherapy. In G. E. Corazza and S. Agnoli (eds.), Multidisciplinary contributions to the science of creative thinking (233-258). Singapore: Springer.

 

One domain of specific attention is the biological basis of creativity and innovation. Recently, this work is part of the initiative to advance the new field of neurodesign.

Sample publications:

  • von Thienen, J. P. A., Aquino Shluzas, L. & Meinel, C. (2016). The plurality of research methods in medical and neuroscientific design thinking studies and the challenge of building up joint knowledge. Talk at the VII European Congress of Methodology, July 27-29, Palma, Spain.
  • Neurobiology and design thinking. A podium discussion with Sergio Agnoli, Stefanie Faye Frank, Manish Saggar and Caroline Szymanski. Available at: http://m.tele-task.de/lecture/video/6388/
  • von Thienen, J. P. A (2018). Design thinking, the body and creativity: Exploring some bridges. Available at: https://www.tele-task.de/lecture/video/7013/

 

Another recent field of attention is the political environment of countries or continents as a “large-scale place factor” to impact innovation rates and innovation types.

 

A list of publications can be downloaded here.