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About the ECDTR

What we do and why

The Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research is a forum for the rapid and widespread interchange of ideas, methods, and results in Design Thinking Research. The purpose of this forum is to use electronic media for scientific communication and discussions in the Design Thinking Research community. The Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research (ECDTR) welcomes papers, short notes and surveys with
  • relevance to Design Thinking Research
  • innovative solutions to Design Thinking research challenges
  • interdisciplinary focus

The scope

Typical topics covered by ECDTR include research on and development of (digital and analogous) tools for Design Thinking, the dynamics and communication within and among design teams, indicators for predictability of the innovation potential of teams, the communication of ideas, improvements in the process management of Design Thinking, and the implementation of Design Thinking practices in large and small corporations. This is not meant as an exhaustive list; studies in other areas related to design thinking, such as communication or industrial design or methods of teaching Design Thinking to university students from various disciplines as it is done in the D-School at Stanford University and at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany, are welcome, too.

Indeed, the main focus of Design Thinking Research and the ECDTR is to understanding why Design Thinking has been so successful in the past and how this successful method can be supported and further enhanced in the future.

Latest News
4th April 2013 09:48

New PhD Theses published

We have updated our theses section (see DTR Resources / Theses). Additional PhD theses come from Stanford University and the Rotman School of Management in Toronto. You are invited to submit your PhD, Master or Diploma thesis to the local office.

30th September 2011 13:21

PhD and Master's Theses

The Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research now also accepts PhD theses and Master's theses on Design Research topics for publication. You are encouraged to submit your thesis to the ECDTR local office ( You can find the theses at

9th March 2010 10:37

First report published

The Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research is proud to announce the publication of our first report. From now on, the colloquium is open for your submissions. Read our call for papers and find out, how to submit your paper to ECDTR.

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Latest Reports
TR15-002 | 19th May 2015
Larry Leifer, Christoph Meinel

Manifesto: Design Thinking Becomes Foundational

With the integration of design thinking into engineering education, a missing link has been created between the science-focused, context-independent part of engineering and the human society-focused, context-dependent aspect. The latter area has long been neglected, partly due to the uncertainty that comes with the unpredictability of human behavior. However, years ... more >>>

TR15-001 | 11th December 2014
Julia von Thienen, Christoph Meinel

Building on a Stages of Change Model to Bring Home More Big Design Thinking Ideas

Design Thinking is an approach to creating human-centered product or service innovations, based on a model of problem solving. Regularly, design thinking projects yield exciting visions for a better future. However, up to the present they often fail to impact the world at a larger-scale. In design thinking terminology, one ... more >>>

TR14-002 | 21st May 2014
Julia von Thienen, Christoph Meinel

A Design Thinking Process to Tackle Individual Life Problems (Created for Use in Behaviour Psychotherapy)

The design thinking community has at its disposal a rich pool of teaching material to help students master the process of creative problem solving. We re-designed some of this material for use in a new context: behaviour psychotherapy. Here, patients need to master the process of creative problem solving. In ... more >>>

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