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Design thinking in innovation, in practice: the case of Kaiser Permanente

Lisa Carlgren (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Innovation and R&D Management)
EURAM conference proceedings. European Academy of Management, June 1-4, Paris, (2016)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

Design Thinking (DT) as an innovation approach is gathering interest in management and scholarly debates, yet its potential contribution to innovation is vague, and a holistic view on innovation in DT-related literature is lacking. This paper investigates the integration of DT in a large organization, in order to understand its potential contribution to innovation. It is based on a qualitative case study of Kaiser Permanente that is using DT since ten years. Two examples of use are presented and analyzed using the Discovery-Incubation-Acceleration framework for describing innovation competencies (O’Connor and Ayers, 2005). The paper presents three main findings: first, it shows that DT is used in all aspects innovation to various extent, contradicting the view that DT is useful mainly in the front end. Second, it shows overlap between DT and improvement science, questioning the view that incorporating design in managerial settings is difficult due to a clash between logics. Third, the paper puts focus on individuals and teams using DT, opening up for a competence perspective and a discussion of the embodied experience of design thinkers.

Nyckelord: innovation, design thinking, design methods, user involvement, health care, case study


At the conference, the paper was awarded Best SIG Innovation Paper Award in competition with 150 other papers.



Denna post skapades 2017-01-20. Senast ändrad 2017-01-20.
CPL Pubid: 247487