Edited by Michael H. Morris
Chapter 25: Bringing design capability into entrepreneurship: LMU and Otis
The idea for the award-winning Design course in our Entrepreneurship Program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) started with the wish on the part of the faculty that our students’ business ideas would be more innovative. We also hoped that students would complete their semester-long courses with something more substantive than pieces of paper, in other words, the business plan. Lastly, we thought that it would be more rewarding and satisfying for them to have a thoughtfully designed prototype – something that they could feel, touch, and test-market. We visited Otis College of Design, a top-notch design school that was located nearby and met with Steve McAdam, head of the Product Design Department, to see if we could find a way to work together. Steve welcomed the idea, and we together launched a new (undergraduate) course that would be a collaboration between two very different schools, the first of its kind for both. Each of the schools scheduled a course at the same time, Monday 7 pm, and began outlining the content of the course. Over time, the learning objectives of the course, from LMU’s standpoint, became clear: Our students would (1) use design thinking to enhance their creativity and formulate better business ideas; (2) understand the process of product design and prototyping; and (3) learn to work effectively with students of different backgrounds and discipline.
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