Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Global Design Thinking-Workshop: Teamed Leadership (Wintersemester 2022/2023)

Dozent: Dr. Claudia Nicolai (D-School)
Website zum Kurs: https://hpi.de/en/school-of-design-thinking/for-students/global-design-thinking-workshop.html

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2
  • ECTS: 3
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 31.1.2023
  • Prüfungszeitpunkt §9 (4) BAMA-O: 30.3.2023
  • Lehrform: Projekt / Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 40

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

IT-Systems Engineering BA
IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • Professional Skills
    • HPI-PSK-DTB Design Thinking Basic
  • Professional Skills
    • HPI-PSK-ML Management und Leitung
Data Engineering MA
Digital Health MA
Cybersecurity MA
Software Systems Engineering MA


Global Design Thinking Workshops (GDTW) are a novel concept that goes beyond the mere introduction to Design Thinking as a process. We have been creating this format as deep dives into the strategic questions of Design Thinking as a mindset. Overall, we advance the notion from a user-centric to a life-centered approach of Design Thinking. And in particular, we we offer three different streams to lead the Design Thinking-discourse towards:

  • 01 Strategic Design: From Human-Centered Design to Strategic Futures
  • 02 Designing for Global Impact
  • 03 Teamed Leadership

Our learning approach is based on the concept of problem-based & experiential learning. We implement this approach as a project-oriented course in which the participants collaborate with a partner organization (NPOs and NGOs, large companies, SMEs, young start-ups, social organizations and public institutions).

This program is co-designed by Dr. Claudia Nicolai and Sherif Osman. If you have any questions about the course and the contents, please contact Dr. Claudia Nicolai (Claudia.Nicolai(at)hpi.de).



In March 2023 we will offer our Global Design Thinking Workshop as Deep Dive into Design Thinking and Teamed Leadership.

During this Global Design Thinking Workshop, we will focus on designing life-centered innovations while developing a Teamed Leadership Approach. This means that you will work with a project partner in diverse and international teams on a design challenge. While living teamed leadership and how to participate in change processes, you will also experience the process and mindset of design thinking as you design solutions to a complex problem and work with our international coaching team on how this can be translated into a real setting.

In this workshop, we would like to address a key design principle of Design Thinking: how to foster and develop teamed leadership? When it comes to designing new and innovative solutions to complex problems like strategic or policy design, we face two challenges:

On the one hand, it is about focusing on the needs and requirements of people in the context of their lives (life-centered perspective): What do they see as their relevant problems, needs, and desires? On the other hand, it is about finding innovation opportunities (leadership perspective):  What does it need to lead teams into and through change? So, we are concerned with the interplay of innovation and leadership.



The Program Team

We design our GDTW program with our international network of Design Thinking Coaches and cooperate regularly with partner institutions from our global network, which also gave rise to the Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA). Participants have the opportunity to benefit from the experience and exchange with colleagues from other design thinking institutions in the USA, South Africa, Sweden, Malaysia, Mexico and Egypt – just to name a few.

The Participants & Coaches

In this program, they form diverse, multidisciplinary and multicultural, teams that work together with team coaches and a project partner on a real-life problem. This is a unique opportunity to learn from and with students with different backgrounds and ways of thinking, from other cities and countries, accompanied by one of our highly experienced Design Thinking coaches.


Application / Admission for HPI-Students:

Please register for the course „Global Design Thinking Workshop (GDTW)“ via the Studienreferat bindingly via email to: studienreferat(at)hpi.de until January 31st, 2023.

We recommend taking this course as:

  • Students in any Master's program: any semester
  • Students in any Bachelor's program: 3rd - 6th semester

Application for External Students:

You can apply for this course if you are enrolled student (at any academic institution) 
OR if you have finished your last academic program less than two years ago.

You, external students and young professionals, will have to apply for participation until 31.01.2023 via this application platform:  Please apply here.

Participation fee is 200 € for external students and young professionals. The participation is free of charge for HPI Students, Staff and Faculty.



You can watch our video introduction to Design Thinking here.


We recommend the following resources to get a first overview of Design Thinking as a concept.

  • Beckmann, S.L. & Barry, M. (2007): Innovation as a Learning Process: Embedding Design Thinking, California Management Review, 50 (1): 25-56.
  • Brown, T. (2008): Design Thinking, Harvard Business Review, 86 (June): 84-92.
  • Kelley, T. & Kelley, D. (2012): Reclaim Your Creative Confidence, Harvard Business Review, 90 (December): 1-5.


And if you already want to learn more about Design Thinking, we recommend our openHPI-course Beyond Brockhaus Thinking: With Design Thinking to a Networked Culture.


Lern- und Lehrformen


This is an on-site course – with a digital mindset. We will welcome you on our beautiful campus in Potsdam, Germany where you will work on-site. And yes, and, we will incorporate digital platforms and tools to support your on-site work. During this workshop you will work hand in hand with an international team (max. 5 people including yourself) and a coach who will accompany you.

Overall, we offer you a multilayered learning experience. This means that you work with your team and, at the same time, we have cross sharing experiences amongst the teams and we will co-design the content with other international players in the field of leadership including: 

  • Thematic discourse/discussions about leadership in the entire group
  • Live coaching and teamwork sessions with your individual team coach
  • Exchange and collaboration with other design thinking teams
  • Inspiring inputs and short presentations
  • Individual reflection on content and your own learning experience


  • will learn methods of Design Thinking as well as its mindset,
  • will be enabled to use methods of Design Thinking to formulate comprehensible, innovative and linkages between problem and solution spaces,
  • are able to unfold creativity and develop creative ideas up to first prototypical solutions,
  • learn how to work independently on complex innovation issues in teamwork,
  • acquire competencies in the ability to deal with conflicts in teams
  • expand their skills in presenting technical content and solutions in front of an audience,
  • are given the opportunity for self-reflection and teamwork
  • will explore new forms of collaboration with digital and hybrid tools.



We use four platforms for our workshop design: openHPI, miro, zoom and slack.

  • openhpi will be our interactive online learning platform for all through which we will make course content, including videos and readings etc. available.
  • miro will be our digital workspace and collaboration tool for teamwork
  • slack will be used for messaging and communication for all & teamwork
  • zoom will be our video conferencing tool for digital activities




All participants will receive a:

  • Certificate of Attendance and a
  • Performance Record (graded, 3 ECTS)

based on the following:

Prerequisites for obtaining a certificate of attendance and a graded performance record are:

  • Attendance and regular participation on every program day
  • Active participation in your project team (also between and after program days)

Mandatory achievements for obtaining a certificate of attendance and a graded performance record are:

  • A team’s project documentation of approx. 35 pages.
  • Project documentation have to be submitted on 30.3.2023.


The time required for active participation in this course is approximately 50 hours. There are times that are obligatory for everyone and there are times for flexible teamwork. In the following overview you will find the basic structure.


Our program includes the fixed times for working together in the program (43 hours):

  • Friday 10.3.2023: 9.00 – 12.00 pm CET (3 hours) ONLINE
  • Thursday 16.03.2023: 09:00 – 17:00 CET (8 hours) ON-SITE
  • Friday 17.03.2023: 09:00 – 17:00 CET (8 hours) ON-SITE
  • Monday 20.03.2023: 09:00 – 17:00 CET (8 hours) ON-SITE
  • Tuesday 21.03.2023: 09:00 – 17:00 CET (8 hours) ON-SITE
  • Wednesday 22.03.2023: 09:00 – 17:00 CET (8 hours) ON-SITE


We also expect flexible individual and team work after program days. This will include in total up to 7 hours for your project documentation.

As our programs run on a team-based, experiential approach, your attendance on-site on all program days are mandatory, please consider this carefully before applying.