Articulating a Strategic Approach to Face Complexity in Design Projects: The Role of Theory of Change

Luca Simeone, David Drabble, Giorgia Iacopini, Kirsten van Dam, Nicola Morelli, Amalia De Götzen, Joe Cullen

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Abstract

In today’s world of global wicked problems, constraints and imperatives imposed by an external and uncertain environment render strategic action a quite complex endeavour. Since the 1990s, within community initiatives and philanthropic projects, the construct of Theory of Change has been used to address such complexity. Theory of Change can be defined as the systematic and cumulative study of the links between the activities, outcomes, and context of an intervention. The area of focus for this paper is to explore whether Theory of Change can support more strategic approaches in design. In particular, the paper examines how Theory of Change was applied to DESIGNSCAPES - a project oriented, among other things, toward offering a supporting service for all those city actors interested in using design to develop urban innovation initiatives that tackle complex issues of broad concern.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019 London : Research Perspectives In the era of Transformations
PublisherAcademy for Design Innovation Management
Publication date18 Jun 2019
Pages938-948
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912769-01-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2019
EventAcademy for Design Innovation Management 2019 London International Research Conference - Loughborough University, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 201921 Jun 2019
https://designinnovationmanagement.com/adim2019/

Conference

ConferenceAcademy for Design Innovation Management 2019 London International Research Conference
LocationLoughborough University
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period18/06/201921/06/2019
Internet address
SeriesConference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management
Number1
Volume2
ISSN2632-0045

Keywords

  • Theory of Change
  • Design Strategy
  • Strategy, Value creation, Value capture, Business model innovation, Sustainability, Business model

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    Morelli, N., De Götzen, A., Simeone, L. & Laugesen van Dam, K.

    01/06/201731/05/2021

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    Simeone, L., Drabble, D., Iacopini, G., van Dam, K., Morelli, N., De Götzen, A., & Cullen, J. (2019). Articulating a Strategic Approach to Face Complexity in Design Projects: The Role of Theory of Change. In Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019 London: Research Perspectives In the era of Transformations (pp. 938-948). Academy for Design Innovation Management. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management, No. 1, Vol.. 2 https://doi.org/10.33114/adim.2019.01.188