Manage by Designing: Approaches for Everyday Innovation

Acquire a powerful skill set for flexible thinking and creativity, based on groundbreaking research and practice


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Every day, managers have opportunities to improve their organizations by creating and remaking processes, structures, products, and services. To excel at this, they need to expand on their roles as analysts and decision-makers to become competent as designers.

This program introduces managers to the principles of “design,” a powerful skill set for flexible thinking and innovation, based on groundbreaking research by Dr. Fred Collopy and his colleagues in the Weatherhead School of Management’s Department of Information Systems. Although managers’ skills as designers often determine the success or failure of their organizations, we give relatively little attention to developing design skills. When managers do study designing, they learn to reframe problems, to sketch and prototype their ideas, and to apply the logic of possibilities to see through default situations. Managers are already deeply engaged in designing as part of their everyday work. This program builds on their success, helping managers contribute to their organizations at a new level through design thinking, design skills, and design experiences.

Instructor Date and Time Location  
Fred Collopy, Ph.D.   Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cleveland, OH Event has Passed
Fred Collopy, Ph.D.   Tuesday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cleveland, OH Add to Cart

Fred Collopy, Ph.D.  
Date and Time:
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cleveland, OH
Event has Passed

Fred Collopy, Ph.D.  
Date and Time:
Tuesday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cleveland, OH
Add to Cart


  • The potential of designing in management
  • The myths of innovation and how to encourage real innovation
  • Why a design attitude
    • Contrasts with a decision attitude
    • Values practicality, ingenuity, empathy, and appropriateness
    • Differs from both art and science
    • Aids in developing specific design thinking skills
  • How design thinking skills enable leaders to
    • Reframe problems to make them solvable
    • Use sketching to help others see their ideas clearly
    • Maintain multiple models of complex ideas
    • Avoid attachment, rigid processes, and other traps to solving ill-structured problems
    • Structure design situations to take advantage of opportunities

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, participants will:

  • Understand which problems are most likely to benefit from design
  • Learn to apply design models to get started on ill-structured problems
  • Practice reframing problems
  • Avoid common pitfalls that limit creative solutions
  • Learn to balance competing tensions in a design problem

Who Should Attend

Managers across all functional areas. Participants of this program can continue developing design skills in Visual Thinking for Managers.


Individual Participants: $645
Package Pricing: 1 class day per participant

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Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University

10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7235 USA