Managing Interdisciplinary Teams

This course will teach methods and tools that focus a team's creativity and analysis on the right deliverables.

It will also explore how the basic functional methods of the business world–things like schedules, budgets, emails and meetings–can be informed by design thinking leadership to be more effective for teams composed of multiple disciplines.

In both professional and academic careers, there is an increased need for the skills and experience required for managing and leading inter-disciplinary teams. Producing results, on time and on budget, is a critical part of leadership–and doing so while keeping a team motivated, enthusiastic, and engaged in the final output is the sign of an effective team leader.

Learning Objectives
This class is focused on teaching the principles and theories of managing an interdisciplinary team, and then applying these theories as a manager in a team setting. Although based on management theory commonly applied in for-profit enterprises, this course will also prepare students for the various aspects of designing, implementing, managing, and maintaining a collaborative, interdisciplinary academic research project.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be gain valuable and direct experience in managing a team comprised of different disciplines through a typical design challenge
  • Students will be coached on effective engagement strategies and understand their own leadership styles
Managing Interdisciplinary Teams Design Connoisseurship Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation Special Topics Faculty Research Design Process and Knowledge Making the User Centered Case
Modeling Complexity Theories of Communication Fundamentals of Visual Communication Advanced Diagramming Metaphor and Analogy in Design Diagram Development Communication Strategies Communication Design Workshop
Extensions of Media and Technology Interactive Space Interaction Design for Embedded Systems Interaction Design for Immersive Systems Prototyping Interactions Persuasive Interaction Design History of Interaction Design Interaction Design Methods Digital Development Workshop Interaction Design Workshop
Planning + Strategy
Designing Futures Adaptive Leadership Strategies for Open Innovation Organizational Models for Innovation Social and Economic Context of Design New Venture Design Innovation Methods Planning Implementation Business Models and Value Webs Business Frameworks and Strategy Design Planning Workshop Introduction to Portfolio Planning
Design Development & Implementation Product Architecture and Platforms Form and Materials New Product Definition Product Design Workshop
Systems and Systems Theory in Design Networked Objects Networked Cities Human System Integration Systems Modeling and Prototyping Platform-based Design Strategy Systems Approach to Design Information Structuring and Management Structured Planning Workshop Service Systems Workshop
User Research
Stimulus in Design Research Behavioral Economics Online Research Methods Principles and Methods of User Research Coding and Analysis Co-Design and Participatory Research Methods Survey Methods Cultural Probes Experience Modeling Interview Methods Research Photography Research Planning & Execution