Projekte 2017/18

Die folgenden Projekte werden aktuell an der HPI D-School von Prof. Ulrich Weinberg und Dr. Claudia Nicolai betreut.

Measuring Creative Collaboration - Evaluating Design Thinking Methods

PI: Dr. Claudia Nicolai, Professor Ulrich Weinberg

Abstract

In the past research years we have gained a deep understanding of how to analyze creative team interaction. Two diagnostic instruments, the Knowledge Handling Notation and the Topic Markup Scheme, have been developed and applied to study design teams at work. We have interlinked these measurements with existing instruments (eg. Interaction Dynamics Notation, Linguistic Inquiry & Word Count - LIWC) to produce a multi-dimensional mapping of creative team performance. In the upcoming research year we want to use this expertise to evaluate design methods that are supposed to enable team-based innovation processes. To this aim we will look at the most common methods of the specific design thinking phases and their interplay with team dynamics and conversational structure. We want to evaluate those methods in terms of effect, timing and adequacy in relation to the phase objectives as well as on the cognitive-behavioral reaction of the team. We want to achieve this by making use of the extensive data already collected by us and our collaborators. In addition we want to collect new, method-specific data in diverse contexts to enable comparability and universal statements.

Innovation Work Places of the Future–Fostering Collaboration Through Leveraging an Under-Used Organizational Resource in the Context of Transformation

PI: Dr. Claudia Nicolai, Professor Ulrich Weinberg

Abstract

The overall objective of this research project is to explore future of workplaces for knowledge workers. We aim to understand, conceptualize and assess the role, nature and impact of workplace in the light of organizational transformation towards becoming a “team of teams”. A particular focus will be the effects and opportunities resulting from digitalization. The proposed project broadens the perspective on innovation spaces from specific innovation laboratories established as tools to unleash innovation capacity towards the innovation workplace of “teams of teams”. As such it builds on our previous findings, extending case study-based findings, and deepening the quantitative findings by adding longitudinal and experimental research with a strong focus on collaboration in teams across intra organizational boundaries. We take twofold approach combining a constructivist and positivist view on the future of innovation workplaces. Building on various rigorous research methods (case studies, surveys, experiments), our research is longitudinal and multidisciplinary. The overall research question for this project reads as follows: What is the future of knowledge workers’ work places in the context of organizational transformation? The research question will be tackled by means of the following sub questions:

(1) How does the innovation workplace reflect and leverage transformation as cultural change in organizations?

(2) How can 'Places' and 'People' be linked in order to increase innovativeness and foster collaboration as central competences in a digitalized world?

(3) How can findings be transferred from physical to mental spaces and even digital spaces?