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DSN 111 W — Designing the Future of Your Business and Organization

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 23
Drop Deadline: Jan 19
Units: 2
Tuition: $595
Instructor(s): Tamara Carleton, Michael Shanks
Limit: 55
Status: Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Jan 16—Mar 23
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 19
2 Units
Fees
$595
Instructor(s):
Tamara Carleton, Michael Shanks
Limit
55
Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 1/19 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 1/24 at 5:00 pm (PT).
We live in an interconnected world where the old answers don’t seem to apply, where even successful businesses need to embrace radical change, where global challenges demand collaboration and innovation on a new scale, where choices seem overwhelming. Now more than ever, we need to be flexible, nonlinear, and ready for change. And that’s where design thinking and foresight strategy can make the difference.

This online course arises out of the outstanding achievements of Stanford’s design community—human centered and focused on skill sets and toolkits that anyone can adopt. The course will show how to apply design thinking and foresight strategy, and explain how they can generate innovative solutions to challenges we face in our businesses, organizations, and teams. We will answer questions like: How do we foster a lasting culture of innovation in our business or organization? How do we increase idea cross-pollination across our groups? How do we build an innovation-savvy leadership team? How do we model our competitive landscape as it reaches into the future? How do we pick the right idea to develop? How should we understand who our future customer is?

The course uses videos, readings, case studies, demonstrations, exercises, open forums with faculty, and personal feedback to explain just what design thinking and foresight strategy are, their context and significance, and how to bring both into your business, team, and organization. A unique feature of the course is the range of case studies we explore to illustrate the features of design thinking and foresight strategy. They are drawn from history, the arts, everyday life, and other cultures, as well as, of course, from current experience in businesses, private, and public organizations. The aim is to generate inspiring insight from outside-the-box viewpoints.



WHAT MAKES OUR ONLINE COURSES UNIQUE:

  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 55 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Tamara Carleton, CEO and Founder, Innovation Leadership Board

Tamara Carleton helps organizations to create vision-led, radical innovations. She works closely with the Foresight and Innovation program at Stanford, where she explores how the world’s most innovative companies create technology visions and take action. She received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford.

Michael Shanks, Professor of Classics; Professor of Archaeology, Stanford

Michael Shanks is an archaeologist and specialist in long-term humanistic views of design and innovation. He is a senior faculty member in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Science, Technology and Society, Urban Studies, and the Center for Design Research at Stanford. He has directed the Stanford Humanities Lab and the Revs Program, connecting automotive heritage with contemporary car design. While he pursues fieldwork into the Roman borders of the Netherlands, he also serves on the Mayor of Rotterdam’s Advisory Board and works with many companies, including Airbus, Severstal, Thales Group, Michelin, Daimler Chrysler, and SAP, on developing cultures of innovation.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.