Beyond Brockhaus Thinking: With Design Thinking to a Networked Culture
Design Thinking is an innovation approach, which evolved through the past 10 years from a university program at Stanford and HPI Potsdam to a globally respected and universally applied set of methods and tools for supporting and driving change towards a networked culture in organizations. The course is an introduction to the core principles of Design Thinking, explains its cultural impact and inspires to actively use Design Thinking at the organizational level. The course is valuable for decision makers, who want to get an idea about the strategic underpinnings of design thinking. They will learn the terminology and get a better understanding, why and how to use Design Thinking to make the transformation towards a networked organization. The course is not a substitute for a real design thinking-workshop, which will give - at its best - the deep and diverse team experience in a creative environment to the participants. But it helps, to get a better understanding of the core concepts behind Design Thinking and supports the development of their transformational strategy.
May 8, 2019 - June 13, 2019
Language: English

Course information


Design Thinking is an innovation approach, which evolved through the past 10 years from a university program at Stanford and HPI Potsdam to a globally respected and universally applied set of methods and tools for supporting and driving change towards a networked culture in organizations.

The course is an introduction to the core principles of Design Thinking, explains its cultural impact and inspires to actively use Design Thinking at the organizational level.

The course is valuable for decision makers, who want to get an idea about the strategic underpinnings of design thinking. They will learn the terminology and get a better understanding, why and how to use Design Thinking to make the transformation towards a networked organization.

The course is not a substitute for a real design thinking-workshop, which will give - at its best - the deep and diverse team experience in a creative environment to the participants. But it helps, to get a better understanding of the core concepts behind Design Thinking and supports the development of their transformational strategy.

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Certificate Requirements


  • Gain a record of achievement by earning more than 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a confirmation of participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by


Dr. Claudia Nicolai

Dr. Claudia Nicolai is the academic director of the HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam/Germany. Together with her team she designs the educational programs for students and coaches, develops projects with partner institutions and researches on business design, innovative workplaces, leadership and teamwork. Claudia also develops cooperations with international academic institutions. She helped to set-up the biothinking school in Germany, genovasi’s d-school as well as the HPI D-school in South Africa. Claudia studied Business Administration, Economics, and Social Science and received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management. She loves to encourage students and professionals to become future innovators, entrepreneurs and change-makers.

Prof. Ulrich Weinberg

Since 2007 Director of the School of Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam. Studied Arts, Design, Art History and Philosophy in Munich and Berlin.
1980-1986 active in TV design in public and private production houses. Since 1986, specialized in 3D computer animation (among others with mental images, ART + COM) in artistic, technical and scientific projects for companies like ARD, BMW, Daimler Benz, Siemens, Schering, Telekom, ZDF. Founder of the company TERRATOOLS and CYPARADE with focus on 3D animation, simulation, cross-media projects and computer games. Since 1994 Professor of Computer Animation at the Film University Babelsberg. For four years the Vice President for Research, Development and International Relations. Since 2004 Visiting Professor at the Communication University of China CUC in Beijing and there since 2014 Honorary Director of the Design Thinking Innovation Center. Since November 2014 honorary board member of the German Society for Quality DGQ e.V., board member of TEDx Berlin and, since 2015 co-founder of WeQ-Foundation and its honorary chairman. Co-author of several books, author of "Network Thinking – Was kommt nach dem Brockhaus-Denken".

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