When business wears a designer suit

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Research undertaken at RRU on the integration of design thinking in management education presented in keynote to Mumbai conference.

Research undertaken at RRU on the integration of design thinking in management education has just been released in the proceedings of the Thakur Institute of Management Studies and Research’s (TIMSR) international conference Innovative & Sustainable Management Practices: A Global Perspective. A copy of the paper can be downloaded here.

The paper by Amy Zidulka and Will Low (School of Business) and Eileen Davenport (School of Humanitarian Studies) systematically explores what design thinking looks like in practice as it is being implemented in 12 North American MBA programs and identifies four themes related to the concept’s adoption.

Prof. Low represented the RRU research team, giving both a keynote address at the Mumbai conference, which drew links between design thinking and innovative and sustainable management practice, and a design-thinking workshop for TIMSR’s Master's of Management students. Low’s TIMSR workshop and Zidulka’s use of the study’s findings to guide curriculum development (see details here) of EXMN662: Leading Innovation, highlight how RRU faculty are committed to research-informed teaching.

The invitation to present at the conference arose as a result of Royal Roads and TIMSR recently signing a memorandum of understanding on academic cooperation.