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As the Great Recession draws to a close, many job seekers still struggle to find gainful employment. Years of operating under hiring freezes, coupled with advances in technology, have taught employers how to maintain—and even increase—productivity with a lean staff. As a result, employers can afford to be even choosier in hiring new talent.

Increasingly, large employers look to hire “T-shaped professionals.” This concept contends that the ideal employee possesses a number of soft skills that allow him or her to collaborate (the “T-top”) as well as unmatched knowledge of a skill, process, product, or body of work (the “T-stem”).

To help students create their T-shape, increasing numbers of administrators are turning to design thinking programs. Design thinking curricula combine business and design courses within a larger problem-solving framework and emphasize experimental and collaborative learning. Program courses and capstones include projects that aim to create a positive impact on the world.

Learn more about design thinking courses, including how to build a design thinking curriculum and how design thinking can innovate business programs at your institution by filling out the form at left to access our full white paper on the subject.


Bring Design Thinking into Your CurriculumHow to prepare your students with the skills employers want