Quotation Kragulj, Florian, Fahrenbach, Florian, Grisold, Thomas, Kerschbaum, Clemens, Kaiser, Alexander. 2018. Teaching Organizational Learning to Undergraduates: Applying Design Thinking in Problem-Based Learning. In Proceedings of the ECKM-2018 (19th European Conference on Knowledge Management), Hrsg. Ettore Bolisani, Eleonora Di Maria, Enrico Scarso, 414-422. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.


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We report about the design and implementation of an undergraduate course on organizational learning in an Austrian business school. Using problem-based learning, this course enables students to put theories on organizational learning into practice. In a live case study, a case partner from industry provides an unstructured and ill-defined problem which students try to solve. The design and implementation follow a recent call to complement rational-analytic with creative and design-oriented thinking in business schools and leadership education (Glen et al., 2014). The design thinking framework serves as a scaffold to apply theories from organizational learning to the problem. From a researcher’s perspective, the course implementation reflects an action research cycle addressing how problem-based learning and design thinking can bring theory on organizational learning into practice. As the course evaluation shows, the proposed course design and implementation are well recognized by the students and are a viable way to teach organizational learning. With this paper, we contribute to the discourse on how design thinking can be applied in business schools and practically outline how it can serve as a scaffold to teach organizational learning.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title Teaching Organizational Learning to Undergraduates: Applying Design Thinking in Problem-Based Learning
Title of whole publication Proceedings of the ECKM-2018 (19th European Conference on Knowledge Management)
Editor Ettore Bolisani, Eleonora Di Maria, Enrico Scarso
Page from 414
Page to 422
Location Reading
Publisher Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
Year 2018
ISBN 978-1-911218-94-4
Open Access N

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Knowledge-Based Management
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Kragulj, Florian (Details)
Fahrenbach, Florian (Details)
Grisold, Thomas (Details)
Kerschbaum, Clemens (Details)
Kaiser, Alexander (Details)
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Applied Information Technology (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1925 Knowledge management (Details)
5954 Knowledge management (Details)
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