When leaders at Walsh College decided to integrate Design Thinking into its management degree programs, they sought out HFLI to help them move forward. HFLI is known for helping organizations create innovative ways of learning and leading and has been a design thinking partner to a number of colleges and universities over the past decade. They include Arizona State University, Manhattanville College, the University of Michigan, Heritage University, Grand Valley State University, and more.
Located in Troy, Mich., Walsh is a rigorous business school with internationally and nationally ranked business and technology programs and faculty that have real-world experience. The new course “Management 601: Design Thinking,” emphasizes a different way to develop solutions that meet a need.
“At its core, design thinking is a human-centered problem-solving process,” says Ann Saurbier, director of the MBA and professor of management at Walsh. That means we need to start with a focus on our customer or user and empathetically address their needs — not just create the solutions that are the easiest or cheapest. This viewpoint is critically important for business students today, whose role it will be to create a strategy that allows organizations to succeed in some of the most dynamic market conditions we’ve seen in a while.”