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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.

Other features

Publication in ECDTR provides the innovative feature of an ongoing public scientific discussion. Corrections, improvements, remarks etc. concerning an existing ECDTR Report may be submitted by either author or reader and are kept with the original submission thus being accessible to all.

Submission to ECDTR does not prevent future submission to any conference or journal: the submissions which appear in the archive have the status of technical reports.

The scientific board

ECDTR activity is supervised by a scientific board. In particular, the board makes sure that ECDTR Reports meet the minimal standards described above. The scientific board decides for publication of a submission within two months on the basis of a screening process. Specifically, each submission is screened by the scientific board and a decision whether to post it as a report is reached within two months. (All board members are notified of all pending submissions once in two weeks and screen submissions at their own choice.) A submission may be rejected due to a lack of interest, the impression that it is out of scope or unlikely to be correct, or that it failed to provide sufficient justification.

The scientific board of ECDTR consists of:

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