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    Deutsch I

    Jan Schmiedgen ist Innovationsberater und Designstratege. Seine professionellen Wurzeln liegen im Interaktionsdesign, seine akademischen in den Sozialwissenschaften und der BWL. Vor diesem Hintergrund ist er nicht nur ein Hybrid diverser Disziplinen sondern auch ein starker Befürworter permanenten Austausches von Forschung und Praxis.
    Seit 2013 untersucht er im Rahmen des HPI Stanford Design Thinking Research am Hasso-Plattner-Institut Potsdam (HPI), die internationale Verbreitung und Auswirkung der Innovationsmethodologie “Design Thinking” auf Organisationen.
    Vor seiner Zeit am HPI beriet er Unternehmen in allen Belangen design-getriebener Strategiearbeit. Die Herausforderungen denen er dort begegnete veranlassten ihn, sich bis heute mit einer ganzheitlichen Theorie von »Value Creation« zu beschäftigen. Eine solche glaubt er, ist hilfreich für die Innovation von Geschäftsmodellen, speziell innerhalb jener Design Thinking Initiativen, die auf das Schließen von Stoffkreisläufen im Sinne einer Circular Economy abzielen.

    Jan’s Schlagworte: Kundennutzen, Wert, Wertschöpfung, Geschäftsmodellinnovation, Service Innovation, Zirkuläres Wirtschaften


     

    English I

    Jan is an innovation facilitator and design strategist. Originally he is an interaction designer by professional, as well as a social scientist and business economist by academic training. Being such a hybrid he has always been an avid proponent of cross-fertilization of research and practice. Since 2013 he is a research fellow in the HPI Stanford Design Thinking Research program where he examines design thinking’s diffusion and impact in organizations worldwide. Before he joined the program he supported companies in applying designerly ways of strategyzing. The challenges he met during this time caused him to dig deeper into a holistic theory of »value creation«, which he hopes may prove valuable in designing business models – especially within design thinking processes for a circular economy.

    English II

    Jan is a Berlin-based innovation facilitator who calls himself »user value evangelist« and expert in not knowing. Being a hybrid by practical (interaction design) and academic training (social sciences and business management studies) he has over 15 years experience in applying designerly ways of strategyzing for a multitude of clients.

    He strongly believes that a »design attitude« may be the base for a contemporary way of thinking which is capable of leading humankind to more intelligently aligned socio-technical and environmental systems (which have a positive ecological and societal impact). He currently is a is a research fellow in the HPI Stanford Design Thinking Research program where he examines design thinking’s diffusion and impact in organizations worldwide. He blogs at www.thisisdesignthinking.net and www.uservalue.de.

    Jan’s tags of interest: user value, value creation, business design, ecosystems, service innovation, circular economy


     

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    I am available for talks, presentations and workshops on a variety of topics as delineated here. A selection of recent speaking and consulting engagements is listed here.


     

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