Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving

design thinking course

Course Features

Revolutionize your problem-solving skills

Design thinking, a human-centered approach utilized by many of today's most creative and competitive organizations, helps teams from various industries and backgrounds produce the innovative solutions to compete in today’s dynamic world of work.

In our Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving course, learn how to leverage research, ideation, and prototyping to tackle even the hardest business challenges. Collaborate with industry peers and explore creative approaches to problem solving, while learning the basics of design thinking methodology.

This unique course embraces multiple academic perspectives (design and design theory, organizational behavior, and social psychology) to provide participants with a rich, hands-on learning experience where they attempt to solve problems from real-world business scenarios. This course is for any professional who wants to bring innovative thinking into their organization.

Every course includes:

  • Industry-leading faculty
  • Collaborative learning
  • Research-driven results
  • Lifelong connections
  • Practical applications
  • Custom solutions

In Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving, learn how to leverage research, ideation, and prototyping to tackle even the hardest business challenges while collaborating with industry peers and learning from award-winning faculty. 

Program Details

Who should attend

  • Rising managers who want to lead innovative teams
  • Professionals who want to be exposed to a new way of solving problems
  • Leaders and teams who face complex challenges

What you will learn

  • Implement design thinking in your organization
  • Apply the research-ideation-prototype-test process
  • Develop innovative solutions to complex problems



Sharon Kim, PhD

Executive Education Faculty and Director of Innovation & Human Centered Design, Carey Business School

Sharon Kim is a faculty member and the director of innovation and human-centered design at the Carey Business School. She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University. Kim has expertise in the psychology of creativity. Her academic research has been featured in popular media outlets including Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. She teaches design thinking and provides innovation consulting to leaders in Fortune 100 companies and international health NGOs.

Laurie Churchman, MFA

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Laurie Churchman is the principal of Designlore. She has 25+ years of corporate and non-profit design experience recognized by AIGA, Communication Arts, Creativity, and How Magazine. She brings design to community and civic challenges in Philadelphia, as well as, teaches design and theory at MICA and Jefferson University. She was named an AIGA Fellow in 2009. Laurie has a BS from UD, an MFA from Yale and completed AIGA/Harvard Business School Design Leaders program.

Jack Goncalo, PhD

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Jack Goncalo is a professor of business administration and the Robert & Helen P Seass Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Goncalo earned his PhD in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Illinois in 2016 after spending 12 years on the faculty at Cornell University. His current research and teaching interests are in creativity, idea evaluation, and team collaboration. His research on creativity has been widely covered by CNN and NPR.

Danielle Piccinini, MBA, MPH

Executive Education Faculty, Carey Business School

Danielle Piccinini is an adjunct faculty in design leadership. She is trained in design thinking and human-centered design and leads international teams to use these approaches globally in her role as a program officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs. Danielle holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and South Africa.