Design Thinking for Social Innovation: A Systematic Literature Review & Future Research Directions
25 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2021
Date Written: September 3, 2021
Over the past few years, design has been recognized as an important component of innovation. The focus of the designs has remained on improving the functionality and aesthetics of the products. Recently, there has been a shift and the focus of the designers have gone to address other problems as well such as using design thinking tools to solve social issues. However, limited effort has been placed to provide a holistic understanding of design thinking for social innovation. The goal of this paper is to improve the foundation for more research in design thinking tools for creating novel solutions to solve social problems that have festered for ages. This paper aims to bridge the knowledge gap by studying 25 quality papers related to the subject and analyzing them, thus extending knowledge by exploring the context of design thinking and social innovation so that professionals and policymakers in the field could use it to make effective policies. This paper also identifies and suggests avenues for future research in the field and calls for more joint contemplation of design thinking and social innovation along with theory construction.
Keywords: Social innovation, Design Thinking, Social entrepreneurship, Design Team, Social Impact
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