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
Keywords: 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. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management , 2(1), 1401–1413.