The Design Mindset: Fall 2018

Course Structure

Method of Instruction: 

This course uses a studio-based format emphasizing experiential learning through hands-on engagement of ideas and concepts.  Readings and lectures are secondary and serve as a backdrop to support hands-on learning.   Class sessions include brief presentations, discussions and active learning studio workshops.  Individual work and teamwork combine to allow students to engage projects through personal and collaborative explorations.

Qualitative research based upon ethnography complements the more traditional prioritization of quantitative analysis in management education.  Ethnographic research comprises fieldwork, observing people in their natural settings and immersing oneself in the research context.  Research methods include: observing, interviewing (descriptive, semi-structured and structured), conducting archival or secondary research, and collecting and reading cultural artifacts.  An ethnographic approach to research is an open-ended emergent learning process that is holistic, flexible, creative, interpretive, iterative and includes discovery.[1]

These skills are essential to achieve the competencies listed above and influence achievement of other competencies including: Implementation Management, Cross-Cultural Effectiveness, and Ethical Management.

[1] summary from accessed 11 January 2014 at 1:24 pm and accessed 11 January 2014 at 3:36 pm


Class Participation

The course is a discussion and activity-based class.  Students are expected to be fully engaged, participate in the discussion and activities and contribute to the process of constructing knowledge.  The class participation grade will reflect the instructor’s judgment of the quality and quantity of a student’s contribution during class sessions.

Criteria for the class participation grade include weekly preparation assignments, attendance, punctuality, professionalism, and the ability to answer questions, discuss readings, and contribute to group activities.

  • Given the collaborative nature of the studio workshops and the importance of group interaction, it is not possible to replicate the experience or make up the work missed. Students may miss the equivalent of 1 weekly session:  2 3/4 hours, additionally unexcused missed class time will result in a deduction from your class participation score.   Any students who have a conflict with more than the equivalent of 1 weekly session should speak to their advisor and plan to register for a later section.
  • Tardiness disrupts the flow of class activities. Entering and leaving the room during the class similarly distracts both students and the instructor and conveys a disregard for the material being discussed.  Tardiness will result in a deduction from your class participation score.
  • You are expected to complete all assignments and assigned course readings/videos for a given day before coming to class. Students will be called upon to present research or to discuss issues covered in the assigned readings.  You are encouraged to engage in critical thinking and to challenge ideas without showing disrespect for the ideas of others.
  • Participation grading is completely subjective at my sole discretion.
  • Class Capture will not be provided.