Design Thinking Mindset

Exploring the role of mindsets in building design consulting capability

  • Leanne SOBEL University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Jochen SCHWEITZER University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Bridget MALCOLM University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Lars GROEGER RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Keywords: Mindset, Design Thinking


This case study reflects on the role of design thinking mindsets in building design thinking capability within professional services consultancies. The nine design thinking mindset attributes developed by Schweitzer et. al (2016) formed the basis of five engagements with consultancies including workshops and semi-structured interviews. Data collection and observation by the authors identified key themes relating to the role of design thinking mindsets at an individual, team and organisational level, as well as the challenges and opportunities of embedding design thinking mindsets to build capability. The authors believe that capability development through the use of design thinking mindsets has the potential to support professional service consultancies to make more significant progress in embedding design thinking beyond the current focus on methods. Potential experiential learning frameworks and measurement tools are also identified.

How to Cite
SOBEL, L., SCHWEITZER, J., MALCOLM, B., & GROEGER, L. (2019). Design Thinking Mindset. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management , 2(1), 1695–1701.