Design Thinking Mindset

Developing Creative Confidence


  • Lars GROEGER Macquarie University, Australia
  • Jochen SCHWEITZER University of Technology, Australia
  • Leanne SOBEL University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Bridget MALCOLM University of Technology Sydney, Australia



Design Thinking, Mindset, MBA, Creative Confidence, Education


While knowledge of design thinking (DT) processes and familiarity with its tools can be achieved relatively quickly, few educational programs foster a DT mindset. This study examines the effect of an experiential DT learning environment on the development of a DT mindset. We analyse the extent to which key attributes of a DT mindset are understood, evaluated and assessed. We show that the general value and related challenges of learning a DT mindset are well understood. However, students perceive the importance and value of particular mindset attributes differently; in particular, postgraduate student reflections provide a nuanced and interlinked view of different mindset attributes. We provide a framework for learning objectives and exemplary activities to teach and encourage designerly ways of thinking and doing in business education. We argue that a mindset that embodies DT can address deficits in business school education, better preparing students for future work.




How to Cite

GROEGER , L. ., SCHWEITZER , J. ., SOBEL , L. ., & MALCOLM , B. (2019). Design Thinking Mindset: Developing Creative Confidence. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management , 2(1), 1401–1413.