Why choose Design Thinking
Solve problems creatively by prioritizing the consumer's needs.
Human-centered approach to problem solving
Nurture an innovative mindset
Provides structure to innovation
Industry agnostic and a valuable skill for every professional
The Stanford GSB advantage
Live mentorship with experts
Live interactive sessions taught by tenured faculty from Stanford GSB and personalized feedback from course facilitators
Learn by doing
Choose your innovation challenge and apply Stanford-prescribed design thinking approach & frameworks to internalize the concepts
Interact with peers from a wide variety of industries and learn from their experiences
Showcase your expertise
Certificate of Completion from Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education
Learn from Stanford faculty and earn a Certificate of Completion
Professor Stefanos Zenios
Prof. Zenios is the faculty co-director at Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is also the Investment Group of Santa Barbara Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology. An innovative teacher and researcher, Prof. Zenios is the main architect of Startup Garage - a Stanford GSB program that helps students and executives apply processes at the centre of the Silicon Valley Ecosystem. He also currently serves as the editor-in-chief for Operations Research, the seminal academic journal in his field.Read More
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Certificate of Completion from Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education.
Business/ Strategy Consultants
Product/ Program Managers
Product Owners/ Designers
User Experience Designers
Brand Experience Design
Transform businesses and products through Design Thinking
Designed by the esteemed faculty at Stanford GSB, the syllabus focuses on a complex design thinking framework that helps prepare you for innovative problem-solving skills.
Modules & an Innovation Challenge
By Professor Stefanos
Mentorship sessions with Course Facilitators
An in-depth learning experience
With live interactive sessions and a detailed syllabus, learners build an understanding of the 'user’s need' by engaging in empathic interactions, creating and testing rapid prototypes, and creating important building blocks of a business case.
- Program Overview
- NovoEd Onboarding
- Course Teams
- Overview of Design Thinking
- Identifying an Innovation Challenge
- Needs Finding
- Identifying Assumptions
- Identifying Assumptions
- Observation Plan
- Observation Techniques
- Interview Plan
- Interview Techniques
- Techniques for Organizing Data
- Point of View
- Rules of Brainstorming
- Brainstorm Facilitation
- Advanced Brainstorming Techniques
- Introduction to Prototyping
- Prototyping Techniques
- Testing Prototypes
- Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
- MVP Testing and Iteration
- Business Model Canvas (BMC)
- Business Case Canvas (BCC)
- Testing Your Business Model or Business Case
- Introduction to Experimental Design
- Types of Experiments
- When to Pivot After Experimentation
- Types of Pivots
Here are some design projects by our learners, created with the guidance and mentorship of Stanford GSB-Great Learning Course Facilitators.
Source potential candidates for vacancies efficientlyCompanies invest numerous resources to find a strong fit for an existing vacancy within an organization. With the diversity of talent available in the market, it’s a matter of bridging the gap of talent and the vacancy. An effective approach to scout for talent can help reduce time and effort for an effective recruitment.Learn More
Human Resources - Talent Management
Engage and motivate employees effectivelyWith multiple companies adopting a remote office setup, it’s become ever so important to ensure that the geographical boundaries do not diminish the spirit of the employee towards his/ her organization. This would determine the extent of employee’s emotional alignment with the organization which would lead to lower rate of attrition.Learn More
Deliver superior after sales experience for customersWith the rising competition in the market, with the customer having access to multiple local as well international brands to consider from, one of the key differentiators is the after sale experience. It can potentially prove to be the factor that decides the success of the product. It is paramount for the brand to deliver superior after sale service to gain market share and establish themselves.Learn More
Health & Wellness
Enable better hygiene practices in IndiaWith the Covid situation, it has become increasingly important for people to understand the importance of public hygiene. Through collective efforts and best practices, such pandemic situations can be mitigated in a more effective manner in the future.Learn More
Learners' success stories
Read inspiring stories of learners from different fields who adopted Design Thinking skills.
Design Thinking helped me focus on innovating customer centric products
You are not just learning theory but rolling up your sleeves and actually doing it. It is experiential learning. You have people from different industries who will help you learn to apply Design Thinking in entirely different ways than you might have thought.
President & COO, Human eSources, USA
The Design Thinking course experience has been a game-changer.
The ability to see challenges through this new glass opens opportunities in my career. Overall, a rewarding experience that demands excellence in efforts that’s possible to achieve. I am confident some of us will use this learning and support system to change the world for good.
Founder and Executive Director, Fundación BIK, USA
The entire program was valuable and all its content is worth taking back to the organization
I will use the case study that I worked on for this program to showcase the real value add of brainstorming, hypothesis testing, and holistically adopting a human-centric approach for problem-solving.
Head Of Product Management, LC Adroit Vantage, India
A learning experience that is rich and fulfilling
It’s been quite some time since I had an opportunity for professional development as rigorous and rich as the Stanford Design Thinking course. We went deep on the design thinking process with peers, facilitators, and Stanford faculty, creating our own prototypes and receiving direct feedback on our work.
Senior Director Of Communications, H. E. Butt Foundation, USA
The program was an eye opener for me.
The DT program has opened a whole new dimension of possibilities on how to brainstorm, ideate and launch new products. The Brainstorming and Business Model Canvas were a game changer. Our company is using these techniques to launch new IT products in the Australian small to medium business sector. This was a great investment.
Founder and CEO, Sprint Networks, Australia
Perfect program to link innovation with business outcome
The program is very enriching with great content. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested to learn Design Thinking in a structured manner.
Manmohan Singh Rehsi
Chief Executive Officer, Thakral Gulf FZE, UAE
An enriching learning experience from course facilitators
The course curriculum, assignment schedules, and having the course facilitator as a coach made the course interesting and helped immensely to learn and experiment. The reference materials, handouts, videos, and guides were equally helpful. Professor Stefanos provided a crystal clear understanding of concepts and their applications in solving real-world problems.
Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Information Officer, Tredence Inc., India
Design Thinking program brought a paradigm shift towards problem solving
The program modules were well curated. The diverse background of faculty and peers definitely helped to broaden the perspective.
Director, M Moser Associates, India
The most important learning for me is the intersection of empathy and solutions from a user's perspective
Equipped with insights from the program, I will strive to incorporate empathy, user interviews, prototyping, MVP, BCC into my interventions. These will help embrace change management during the process rather than at the end of the process.
Director - HR, Invesco Ltd., India
The Stanford Design Thinking program is not just another program
It is ‘not’ a pure academic download, but an engaging learning experience that challenges you to discover the core of the problem. Prof. Stefanos creates an effortless understanding of rudimentary concepts in his live sessions. He is supported by his teaching team, who bring an amazing level of commitment, energy & speed.
Chief Executive Officer, The Greater Change, UAE
Changed my perspective on how to solve any problem.
I’m really fortunate that I’ve made the decision to take the Design Thinking program. It changed my perspective on how to solve any problem and feel satisfied in the process. I’d recommend it to everyone.
UX/UI Digital Designer, Park Hudson for UBS, USA
The program was transformative and created a natural flow from research to rollout
I envision the entire ecosystem around the consumer and apply principles of Design Thinking to every phase. This helps me to collaborate and agree on what is essential to a project’s outcome.
Sr. Analyst, Research and Development, Xplore-Tech Services, India
It is well organized, highly engaging, and facilitates solid learning outcomes.
My experience with the program was excellent. Some takeaways for me include asking questions about customer needs with empathy, tackling problems without preconceived solutions, and being willing to pivot quickly. I highly recommend this program to anyone considering an opportunity to learn skills around the design thinking process.
Project Management, CT Assist, USA
The frameworks were very helpful, especially when ideating my new product
I’m applying this methodology to a new product/process as well as for official business. User interviews formed a major part, as they helped validate how much a user will use the product/service.
Director of Product Management, CoinSwitch Kuber, India
I learned a very systematic approach to problem-solving
Will probably be applying design to each and every decision from now on. I am glad that I have such a specific set of skills that will surely help me throughout my life now.
Product Management Associate, Deloitte Consulting, India
The idea of prototyping is applicable in all levels
I did not just learn the method as a whole, but also understood how some tools bring value on their own. The program was very helpful, even on ideas and conversations.
Uruguay Country Manager, Casarta, Uruguay
The program helped me evaluate different techniques and how they play out in implementation
This program will not only help me in validating the value proposition of my organization's design arm but also help young entrepreneurs overcome engineering challenges.
Platform and Investment, Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, USA
The program was comprehensive, covering every phase of an organization's lifecycle
I learnt about defining innovation, challenges, key stakeholders, listening, brainstorming and creating prototypes.
Ravindra Seshagiri Hassan
India Site leader & Director, India
This program changed the way I perceive products
The program is a deep dive into design thinking and has truly changed the way I perceive products and services around me.
Gave me confidence in dealing with various innovation challenges
I learned how user-centric innovation is achieved via empathy. This helped to understand user problem first and build a product/service around it.
Sankar Sai Pitta
Senior Sales Manager, 3M, India
Well packaged program with a good number of hands-on projects
As an engineer, I always thought of “How” while finding solutions. The hands on projects helped me empathize with the user and think of “When”, “Where” and “Why” part of user pain points to understand feasibility & viability of a solution to become an innovation.
Neetha U Prabhu
Senior Program Manager, Daimler Truck Innovation Center, India
Program provides plenty of opportunities to apply to real-world problems
Program is very intuitive and easy to follow. It goes way beyond standard training and backed by knowledgeable faculty and professionals.
Ex-Business Architect, Australia
People must attend this program to achieve career success
The program was innovative and ‘the eight step module’ used to achieve desired results was mind boggling. I am using these techniques in my business already. I am sure that many will attend this program to achieve success in their lives.
Managing Director, Rathi Dye Chem Pvt. Ltd., India
World-class Instructional design and program management
Great Learning managed this program so efficiently that a huge cohort present at multiple geo locations never felt a difference. Though it was an online executive program, we benefited 100% because of the world-class instruction design and program management. I wish success to your excellent team.
Priy Dwivedi PhD
Assistant Professor, National University of Science and Technology, Oman
Liked the way it was majorly practical
I liked that the program was practical, especially when we were given tools and templates. Also the follow-up from the program team was always timely and appreciated. He helped me not miss out on any part of the program.
Managing Consultant - Human Capital Development, Nigeria
The program helped identify needs and find root causes to a problem
We were losing orders to our competitors and were not able to find reason. The process I learnt during program helped me to find the underlying need and a solution for it.
Project Engineer, Nexgen Hygiene Systems Pvt. Ltd., India
The program helped me understand real client challenges and design solutions they would love
I've a new organization that has decided to launch a new product offering as a part of its 2020 vision. This is a perfect opportunity to use my new skillset.
Lead Product Manager, Mindbody, India
I learnt the whole method of innovation
I learnt the importance of finding a valid problem and how to develop a proper strategy to fix it with every stakeholder in mind.
Strategy, One Digital Entertainment, India
Design Thinking can be applied to solve any business problem
The best part is, we can gain early market insights and test our thought process to refine solutions based on the user feedback. Currently using this to reduce the attrition of high performing team members.
Chief Consultant, Design, EY, India
Design Thinking drove me to a path to solutions that can be applied to any problem
I feel that it is a very inclusive prototype that will help me extract results on issues related to marketing, HR, production, sales procurement and logistics.
Analyst, Dollar Industries, United Kingdom
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- Live interactive sessions by world-class faculty
- 12-weeks online program
- Collaborative learning and doubt clearing through timely sessions with the course facilitators
- Learn from the pioneers of Design Thinking
- Extensive hands-on practice with 10 assignments
- Personalized feedback from course facilitators
“Design Thinking helped me focus on innovating customer centric products”
President & COO,
Human eSources, USA
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Design Thinking course is unique on the following fronts:
- The highly-rated Design Thinking course is taught by world-class Stanford faculty and leading design thinking industry practitioners.
- Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education has designed a compelling curriculum with industry-relevant assignments and projects.
- You can choose your innovation challenge and apply the Stanford-prescribed design thinking approach and frameworks to internalize the concepts.
- You will receive personalized feedback on assignments from experienced course facilitators.
- Upon successfully completing the course work and assessments, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion from Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education.
This course includes live online faculty interaction, self-paced learning, online video content from Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty, weekly assignment and progress feedback with the course facilitator, and virtual office hours.
The course has a comprehensive curriculum designed by the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive
Education faculty and leading design thinking industry practitioners. It is based on the ‘Innovation Process’ that aims to inculcate a creative problem-solving mindset to make a well-informed decision. It enhances your skills in human-centered design, ideation, development of prototypes, etc.
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Professor Stefanos Zenios is the director, architect, and faculty of the course. You will have access to recorded video lectures that will be released weekly and two interactive virtual sessions with Professor Zenios.
After successfully completing the Design Thinking course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education.
You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course after successfully completing assessments and training modules.
There would not be any grade sheets or transcripts provided. Upon completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education.
The Design Thinking: From Insights to Viability course is designed and delivered by Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education in collaboration with Great Learning. Learn more about this collaboration here.
Once you start your application, you will be assigned a Program Advisor. Their role is to help you understand how the course can work for you, review your fitment, and clarify any questions you may have about the course. The Program Advisor will be your point of contact to guide you throughout your enrollment process and make sure you are successfully placed in the cohort.
Course Facilitators are industry and academic mentors who help you apply and validate design thinking concepts while working on a real-world innovation challenge. They are experienced design thinking practitioners who have mastered the design thinking process and methodology taught by Professor Stefanos Zenios. They are from diverse backgrounds and hold several years of experience practicing, implementing, and consulting with organizations on the design thinking methodology and practice.
There are 6 group discussions of 45 minutes each with Course Facilitators that are conducted throughout the 12 weeks. These mentorship sessions are conducted in a ratio of 1:25 learners. These sessions facilitate live interaction with industry experts and peers and help build ongoing relationships and promote team-based learning.
An average weekly commitment of six to eight hours is recommended. The hours will be spent on video lectures, group discussions, assignments, and peer engagement. Participants will spend a large portion of their weekly commitment on applying design thinking frameworks and principles to their chosen innovation challenge. The time commitment is subjective, participants do end up spending more time on their research and in the innovation challenge.
An Innovation Challenge is a design thinking problem statement that participants are mandated to select as part of their coursework. The design thinking innovation challenge is a real-world project of their own desired domain and field. The participants learn to apply design thinking concepts to this real-world problem statement and work towards developing a solution using the design thinking methodology.
Participants have several opportunities to engage in peer-to-peer learning and networking-
- - Every participant is assigned a buddy and grouped into a team for brainstorming sessions.
- - Participants also attend the group discussion with their Course Facilitators in groups of 25, where they are provided with an opportunity to understand how different participants are applying the design thinking methodology to their respective innovation challenges.
- - Outside of the course work, there are exclusive 'social hours' organized every week for the peers to interact with one another across the globe. These social hours are fun, engaging, and interactive sessions, where participants get to meet other participants outside of the 'classroom setting'.
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The Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education's Design Thinking course is a 12-week online course. The program fee is US $3,500. To know about the fee waivers and flexible payment options for you, write to us at email@example.com or contact your Program Advisor. Click here to learn more about the fee structure.
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Prof. Zenios is the faculty co-director at Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is also the Investment Group of Santa Barbara Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology. An innovative teacher and researcher, Prof. Zenios is the main architect of Startup Garage - a Stanford GSB course that helps students and executives apply processes at the centre of the Silicon Valley Ecosystem. He also currently serves as the editor-in-chief for Operations Research, the seminal academic journal in his field.
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Professor Stefanos Zenios is the faculty co-director at Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. An innovative teacher and researcher, Professor Zenios is the main architect of Startup Garage, a popular Stanford Graduate School of Business course that each year helps hundreds of Stanford Graduate School of Business students and executives learn and apply the innovation processes that are at the center of the Silicon Valley Ecosystem.
Overview Stanford Design Thinking Online Course
Design thinking is a strategy-making process that assists organizations in avoiding the usual mistakes by applying tools from the world of design and shifting the business focus to human behavior. Design Thinking provides a solution-based approach to solve complex business problems. It aids in solving complex problems by comprehending human needs and re-framing the problem in human-centric methods.
Stanford Design Thinking Certificate
If you are someone aspiring to take up a Design Thinking course, take up the Design Thinking course offered by Great Learning in collaboration with the prestigious Stanford Executive Education.
The Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education has been ranked #1 by Financial Times for Executive Education. In recent rankings, The Stanford Graduate School of Business was ranked 1st by U.S. News & World Report, and 2nd by Forbes, 5th by The Economist, and 1st by Bloomberg Businessweek.
Stanford Design Thinking Course Curriculum
The curriculum of the Design Thinking course offered by Great Learning has been designed by the reputed faculty of Stanford.
The curriculum of this course includes concepts such as Human-Centered Design, Needs Finding, Interviewing and Empathy Building Techniques, Making Sense of Observation and Insights, Defining a Point of View, Ideation, Developing & Testing Prototypes and more.
Besides, candidates work on 10 assignments and a final reflection to synthesize what they’ve learnt throughout the course. Working on an ample number of projects helps them enhance their understanding of the concepts learnt and make them job-ready.
Stanford Design Thinking Program Faculty
The faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business are highly established and also the winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences on the faculty (William F. Sharpe 1990, Myron Scholes 1997, Michael Spence 2001), five recipients of the John Bates Clark Award, 19 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and four members of the National Academy of Sciences.
The design thinking course offered by Great Learning is a 12-week course taught by the world-renowned faculty. Throughout this course, candidates participate in a live session conducted by noted faculty from Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education.
Stanford Design Thinking Benefits
Let us learn about the various benefits offered by Great Learning upon taking up the Stanford Design Thinking course:
- This course offers the utmost flexibility to learn design Thinking as it is offered online.
- You would gain access to collaborative learning and doubt clearing through timely sessions with the course facilitators.
- This course facilitates you to learn from the pioneers of Design Thinking.
- You would also partake in extensive hands-on practice with 10 assignments.
Stanford Design Thinking Course Fee
The Stanford Design Thinking program offered by Great learning charges a fee of USD 3,500. You can click on this link to learn more about the fee structure.
Candidates can pay the Design Thinking course fee through Bank Transfer or Credit/Debit cards. Also, our corporate financial partnerships aids you to avail education loans at 0% interest rate. Great Learning also accepts corporate sponsorships and can assist you with the process. For more information, you can write to us at email@example.com
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