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Systems, Design, and Entrepreneurial Thinking: Comparative Frameworks


  • Samir Patel

    (The Pennsylvania State University)

  • Khanjan Mehta

    () (The Pennsylvania State University)


Abstract The philosophies of design thinking, entrepreneurial thinking, and systems thinking have widespread application in diverse fields. However, due to the inherently abstract rhetoric and lack of commonly accepted frameworks, these philosophies are often considered buzzwords and fads. This article deconstructs the rhetoric and literature from leaders of these three philosophies and identifies their fundamental tenets. A conceptual framework that captures the differences and convergences between design thinking, entrepreneurial thinking, and systems thinking is presented. A series of four case studies derived from diverse settings like healthcare, agriculture, and social networks further illustrate these interconnections. The article argues that the emergent integration of these philosophies, as captured in the fundamental tenets, presents the most compelling opportunities for the practical application of these theoretical frameworks.

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  • Samir Patel & Khanjan Mehta, 0. "Systems, Design, and Entrepreneurial Thinking: Comparative Frameworks," Systemic Practice and Action Research, Springer, vol. 0, pages 1-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:syspar:v::y::i::d:10.1007_s11213-016-9404-5
    DOI: 10.1007/s11213-016-9404-5

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