‘Design Thinking’ Being Employed in Public Policy Making Process
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‘Design Thinking’ Being Employed in Public Policy Making Process
MOTIE and companies hold innovation forum designed to apply design thinking to knowledge service and R&D sectors

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Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Paik Un-gyu speaks at an innovation forum designed to apply design thinking to the knowledge service and R&D sectors at the L Tower in Yangjae-dong, Seoul, on Dec. 20.(Photos: MOTIE)

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The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) plans to employ design thinking in the course of drawing up policies with the goal of public policy making “from desk to field.” 

The MOTIE and companies hosted an innovation forum at the L Tower in Yangjae-dong, Seoul, to apply design thinking to knowledge service and R&D sectors in which creative ideas and technology convergence are stressed, on Dec. 20. 

The forum reflected takes on the part of companies on improving practices at a workshop that took place from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8 at the Startup Campus in Bangyo, Gyeonggi-do, with representatives from industry, academic and research circles in attendance. The workshop was held under the theme “Redesign the Consumer Company-Oriented R&D Process.”

About 150 people from design and knowledge service R&D institutes, consumer companies and other stakeholders participated in the forum. An awards ceremony took place to present awards to those who have achieved excellent R&D outcomes. Exemplary innovation achievements were unveiled and experts gave lectures during the forum. 

Experts from the private sector lectured on their experience successfully employing design thinking, service design and prior design, which have emerged as the latest developments. Design thinking is a problem-solving process not only adopted by global companies like SAP and Google, but also prominent universities, including Stanford and Harvard. 

The MOTIE plans to find and fix problems by reviewing the R&D demand exploration process in the knowledge service and design on the part of consumers through the employment of design thinking. 

About 20 people on hand at a previous workshop between Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 were form such organizations as the Engineering Design Department of the MOTIE, the Koreas Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT), Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP), and companies and universities which were involved in the implementation of R&D tasks. 

The workshop was done according to five stages ― emphasize, define, Ideate, prototypes, and testing ― with design thinking leader SAP Korea in attendance. 

Policy ideas explored during the workshop were divided into immediately applicable areas and ones needed to be considered for the mid- and long-term perspective. The former is to be applied to a 40.4 billion won project in 2018 to ramp up design innovation capabilities and a 42.2 billion won pilot project to develop core technologies in the knowledge service industry.

“It is a project launched from the perspective of critical thinking that the MOTIE will have to establish policies to encourage the industry community to promote innovative growth and reinvent processes and systems,” a MOTIE official said. 

Design thinking is expected to contribute to the MOTIE and related organizations’ in-house efforts to provide better services for people and companies, thus ultimately contributing to promoting innovative growth, he said. 

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