Design Thinking and Creativity for Innovation

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Innovation matters to everyone, including managers in small or large organizations, start-up entrepreneurs, those in government roles, or teachers. This course looks at how individuals and organizations use creativity and design thinking skills to identify and choose opportunities that enable innovation. Creative problem solving skills are developed and enhanced through a range of real world activities. An overview of design thinking tools is provided to help students understand design thinking as a problem solving approach. Ideas developed through these processes are then applied to a customer discovery approach to understand their value in the market place.

Course Objectives:

  • The nature of human creativity and innovation
  • How creativity and design thinking help business to solve complex problems
  • The process and tools of design thinking
  • Different creativity and design processes and how it can be used to generate better ideas
  • How to use a variety of tools to help validate your ideas to improve their chances for impact
  • The use of design sprints to integrate the different elements of the course into a systematic method for generating and testing new ideas
  • How to build organizations that support creative and innovative thinking.

Recommended Background

  • This course is for anyone who wants to foster entrepreneurial and innovative behaviors in themselves and others
  • making them well suited to leadership roles within innovation programs, and enhancing an organizations ability to rapidly respond to and survive market threats.

Course ID


Skill Focus

Smart Business


The University of Queensland

Employee Type

Leadership, Change leaders

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

100 hrs


Audit Free

Certification is paid for $ 5.00 ; Full financial aid available for certification