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Guest researcher from Copenhagen at Business & Design Lab

News: May 12, 2016

How did you find out about BDL?
I got in touch with a lot of literature coming from here. My research interest started with strategic design, inspired by my earlier work in the Danish Centre for Design Research. I was looking for a company to work with for my doctoral studies, and realized it was difficult for companies to understand what it meant so I re-phrased it initially to strategic innovation. I was lucky to find the IT company to work with and after a while I turned my topic towards design thinking. There is at CBS however also an academic scepticism towards the design thinking concept, especially the American view of looking at it. The more critical aspects I found in the new literature that came from Gothenburg. So, I was acquainted with Marcus Jahnke’s and Lisa Carlgren’s dissertations, but I also read Anna Rylander’s article about design as knowledge work, her report on design and pragmatism and Ulla Johansson and Jill Woodilla’s articles about the epistemologies behind design thinking and different design management concepts. When I read the Handbook about Design Management (edited by Rachel Cooper, Sabine Junginger and Tom Lockwood) I got the advice to “stick to the Europeans”….
There is a stronger tradition of critical management approach among the European researchers. So, that’s how I got in touch with the researchers at BDL. My supervisor thought it was a good idea to spend some time here and get to know more about what the people here are doing.

How was then your stay?
It has been fantastic to be in such an environment and there is a large network of many interesting researchers that I have met during my stay. I’m thinking of all the people at HDK, Handels and Chalmers that I have met and talked to.
HDK is also an exciting place, not the least to see for instance all the prints and patterns that were exhibited in the entrance hall last week. You notice that it is a building with a history! I have also had a lot of nice conversations with the people sitting around me on floor 4.

During the stay at BDL Dorthe has been working on an article entitled “The notion of design thinking as a managerial mind-set guiding innovation informed by Karl Weick’s theory on tool dropping”. Dorthe’s point of departure is the disruption literature due to today’s huge pressure on banks coming from start-ups as well as incumbents from other sectors like Google, Apple and Facebook – the latter with regards to private banking. But also new formats for facilitating money are threatening traditional banking – crowd sourcing, crowd lending, per to per lending etc. Dorthe will present the ideas behind this article at a seminar on Thursday 12 May at 14.


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