Topic: The Shortcomings of Design Thinking when Compared to Designerly Thinking
（The Design Journal Pages 813-832 | Received 11 Oct 2018, Accepted 17 May 2019, Published online: 10 Sep 2019）
Aurthor：Linda Nhu Laursen & Louise Møller Haase
When the concept of design thinking was first introduced, approximately 15 years ago, it was praised by universities, businesses and consultancies alike. Evidence of the increasing amount of attention being paid to the concept can be found in its widespread implementation within business practices by leading companies, such as SAP, IBM and Procter & Gamble, the growth and popularity schools that teaches design thinking e.g. d.schools (Korn and Silverman 2012) and the growing number of related studies in adjacent fields, such innovation management (Calgreen, Elmquist, and Rauth 2016).
Consequently, many design scholars disregarded and ignored discussions concerning design thinking, believing it to be irrelevant. More recently, innovation management scholars have criticized design thinking for its lack of both a clear definition and a clear methodology (Johansson-Sko€ldberg, Woodilla, and C¸etinkaya 2013). Furthermore, studies have shown that implementing design thinking within organizations is very challenging, which has caused management scholars to question its value (Carlgren et al. 2016). As the mounting criticism of design thinking has a negative influence on how design in general is perceived, we argue that the concept should not simply be either adopted or ignored, but rather that a closer examination of design thinking is needed.