Columbia Business School Publishing
September 5, 2017
Facing especially wicked problems, social-sector organizations are searching for powerful new methods to understand and address them. Design Thinking for the Greater Good goes in depth on both the how of using new tools and the why. As a way to reframe problems, ideate solutions, and iterate toward better answers, design thinking is already well-established in the commercial world. Through ten stories of struggles and successes in fields such as healthcare, education, agriculture, transportation, social services, and security, the authors show how collaborative creativity can shake up even the most entrenched bureaucracies – and provide a practical roadmap for readers to implement these tools.
The design thinkers Jeanne Liedtka, Randy Salzman, and Daisy Azer explore how major agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services and the Transportation and Security Administration in the United States, as well as organizations in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, have instituted principles of design thinking. In each case, these groups of use the tools of design thinking to reduce risk and manage change, use resources more effectively, bridge the communication gap between parties, and manage the competing demands of diverse stakeholders. Along the way, they have improved the quality of their products and enhanced the experiences of those they serve. These strategies are accessible to analytical and creative types alike, and their benefits extend from an organization’s executives to its lowest-level staffers. This book will help today’s leaders and thinkers implement these practices in their own pursuit of creative solutions that are both innovative and achievable.
Jeanne Liedtka is a professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Her Columbia University Press books include Solving Problems with Design Thinking (2013), Designing for Growth (2011), and The Designing for Growth Field Book (2013), all from Columbia University Press.
Daisy Azer is an adjunct lecturer of marketing at the Darden Graduate School of Business.
Randy Salzman is a journalist and former communications professor at the University of Virginia. His work has been published in over one hundred magazines, journals, and newspapers, from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times to Mother Jones, Bicycling, and Style.