The Creativity Passdown Effect: Sharing Design Thinking Processes with Design Theory

Jan Pries-Heje, Jong Seok Lee, Richard Baskerville

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    Abstract

    Design theory lies at the heart of information systems design science research. One concern in this area is the potential to limit the designer’s creativity by
    over-specifying the meta-design or the design process.
    This paper explains how design research encapsulates a two-person design team consisting of the design theorist and the artifact instance designer. Design
    theory embodies a creativity passdown effect in which the creative design thinking is partly executed by the design theorist and the completion of this thinking is deferred to the artifact instance designer. In fact, rather than limiting the instance designer’s creativity, the design theorist may create an opportunity for the instance designer to be creative by passing down a design theory. Further, the artifact instance designer operates within the problem domain defined by design theorist, and engages in design thinking to achieve an
    innovative design by merging theoretical knowledge with experiential knowledge of a design artifact that is being built. The creativity passdown effect was
    examined through a case that involved developing a tool for multi-outsourcing decision making. The case provides empirical support for the creativity passdown effect.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
    Pages (from-to)4119-4127
    Number of pages9
    ISSN1060-3425
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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