Corporate Implementation of Design Thinking for Innovation and Economic Growth

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Bethany K. Mickahail, PhD, FRSA

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Bethany K. Mickahail

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Dr. Mickahail's current research projects are about Design Thinking, Human Centered and Strategic Design Innovation in business, international business innovation, global social media, collaboration, new leadership, emerging technology and Intercultural communication in the workplace. PDAI research methodology.Read more at the CWDR blog-- http://research.phoenix.edu/blogs/mickahail See an info clip at http://video214.com/play/H91upnY2Ym0BYBG0igUBQQ/s/dark

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  • Mickahail, B, (June 2016), Corporate Implementation of Design Thinking for Innovation and Economic Growth,” presented at UoP Research Without Boundaries Conference, in Phoenix, AZ. 
  • Mickahail, B. (February 2016) Business and social media: Collaboration as the Sixth discipline at University of Phoenix SF Bay Area Campus, Research and Scholarship Symposium.
  • Andrews, K., & Mickahail, B. (September 2015). Business and social media: Collaboration as the Sixth discipline. In J. Sahlin (Ed.). ch. 8 Social media and the transformation of interaction in society. Hershey PA: IGI Global Disseminator of Knowledge (double blind peer-reviewed). DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8556-7.ch008
  • Mickahail, B, (August 2015), Corporate Implementation of Design Thinking for Innovation and Economic Growth” a peer reviewed for publication in the Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability (ISSN# 1718-2077).  Volume 10(2).
  • Andrews, K., & Mickahail, B. (April 2015). Business and social media: Collaboration as the sixth discipline. In J. Sahlin (Ed.). Social media and the transformation of interaction in society. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Disseminator of Knowledge (ISBN13: 9781466685567, peer-reviewed).
  • Mickahail, B. & Andrews, K. (2015, February) The Refractive Thinker®: Vol. IX Effective Business Practices in Leadership and Emerging Technologies: eChap 9: Collaborative Innovative Leadership and Emerging Social Media Technologies
  • Mickahail, B. & Andrews, K. (2015, February) Capturing the Essence of the Change Process in Educational Policy, Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice Volume 15(1). 
  • Mickahail, B, (2015, January), Corporate Implementation of Design Thinking for Innovation and Economic Growth, Presented at 2015 Business Conference, Maui, Hawaii, peer reviewed paper presentation.
  • Mickahail, B.  (2015, January) Pioneering Innovation: a study of Design Driven Innovation business strategy pioneers. Presented at 2015 International Conference, Maui, Hawaii, peer reviewed paper presentation.
  • Mickahail, B. (2015) Capturing the Essence of the Change Process in Design Driven Innovation Pioneers- Peer Reviewed Paper (pending publication)
  • Mickahail, B., Andrews, K., Muligore,L.  (2017) Capturing the Essence of the Change, The Praxis Documentation and Aesthetic Interpretation (PDAI) Research Model; a student guide to scholarly adventure - Book (pending publication)
  • Mickahail, B. (2016). Contributing author,Student Motivation & Disruptive Students. SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education (Steven L. Danver, editor), Sage Publications/Mesa Verde Publishing  peer-reviewed)
  • Mickahail, B. (2017)  Chapter 8: Diversity in Thinking: Design Thinking: Accessing Diverse Human Perspectives To Solve Problems In The Workplace Diversity and Inclusion in the Global Workplace:  Aligning Initiatives with Strategic Business Goals, Palgrave publishing (pending)

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Publications: 
Business and Social Media: Collaboration and the Sixth Discipline (textbook)
Corporate Implementation of Design Thinking for Implementation & Growth
Collaborative Innovative Leadership and Emerging Social Media Technologies, eChap 9
Capturing the essence of change in Educational Policy
The Enlightened Pen: The Praxis Documentation and Aesthetic Interpretation (PDAI) Research Model
Student Motivation. SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education
Disruptive Students, SAGE
People with Special Needs and Disabilities. Ch.8
Design Thinking: Problem Solving in the Diverse Workplace, Ch. 6
University of Phoenix Courses: 
DOC/722
DOC/734
DOC/733
DOC/736A
DOC/737
DOC/738A
Professional Bio: 
Bethany K. Mickahail, PhD, FRSA is a doctoral Advisor/Chair and educator at the College of Doctoral Studies, University of Phoenix, and was also dissertation faculty advisor/methodologist with the College of Management and Technology at Walden University. Dr. Mickahail has written course content for universities/public schools and is published in textbooks, peer reviewed journals, and academic books for publishers such as Sage and Palgrave Macmillan. Over the years, she has provided learning opportunities to students as an ESL teacher, staff developer-trainer, district wide program coordinator, college educator and United Nations researcher, for nearly three decades. She is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Systems Change, Educational/ Organizational Change, Workplace Diversity, Cultural Competence, Education, Leadership, Disability, Public Policy and Research Methods. Her education includes degrees from the University of Hawaii, (a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics & TESL), the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University (a Masters of International Affairs and Communications); and a Doctorate in Education, Leadership & Public Policy from the University of Denver. In 2017, she was honored to join the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) in London as a Fellow, where she contributes her efforts to social justice issues. Dr.Bethany’s research focus is on issues related to innovative community based disability program policy, micro business development; training and systems change in California. As a doctoral level educator and dissertation adviser, she is an Advanced Fellow and affiliated with the Center for Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Phoenix. She is pursuing international research on Innovation and Design Thinking, Human/Person Centered Design strategies and beyond. An award winning author and presenter, Dr. Bethany frequently speaks to groups about innovation, Design Thinking, Creative Leadership and research as well as disability, change, policy development and practical implementation. She served as a member of a California Blue Ribbon state legislative subcommittee. Her research on Creative Leadership, Capturing the Essence of Change and new research model Praxis Documentation Aesthetic & Interpretation (PDAI), inspires parents, educators, researchers and policy-making groups to be relentless in their advocacy efforts to improve society. As a global traveler, societal praxis poet-pioneer, and cultural connoisseur, Dr. Bethany enjoys singing and exploring nature with her family.
Degrees Completed: 
Doctoral Degree
Education, Leadership & Public Policy
University of Denver
2010
Masters Degree
International Affairs & Communications
School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, NY
1982
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Research Fellow, : School of Advanced Studies, Research Chair
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Best Paper in presentation session, Clute Institute International Academic Conference held in San Francisco on August 03-07, 2014.
Paper presentation, Capturing the essence of change in Educational Policy.
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2014
U of Phoenix Excellence in Publishing Award 2015
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2015
Fellow RSA
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2016
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Creative Thinking for Social Justice
U of Phoenix Excellence in Publishing Award 2017-#1
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2017
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Mickahail, B. (2017) Chapter 8: People with Special Needs and Disabilities In The Workplace Diversity and Inclusion in the Global Workplace: Aligning Initiatives with Strategic Business Goals, Palgrave
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Mickahail, B. (2017) Chapter 6: Diversity in Thinking: Design Thinking: Accessing Diverse Human Perspectives To Solve Problems In The Workplace Diversity and Inclusion in the Global Workplace: Aligning Initiatives with Strategic Business Goals, Palgrave publishing
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Administration, Morgridge School of Education
U of Denver
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2010
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PhD, FRSA
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In recent years as the global economy recovers from the Great Recession, more and more companies seek to have the uniqueness of product development and subsequent growth that Apple, HP, Google and others embody. The legendary successes of these Design Driven companies demonstrate that their products can replace the outdated products, expand existing markets, and create new opportunities for growth. This has caused many disruptions in companies which are often thwarted in their pursuit of success in the global market.  The golden egg of innovation is a prize most valued by the corporate community.

Numerous studies have been conducted on changing corporate culture over the last two decades. However, even as the need for change is recognized, the question arises how strategic decisions are made in order to have transformative alterations in corporate management to promote new innovative products and resources.  It is anticipated all levels of these thriving corporations aim to immerse their employees in Design Thinking principles and implementation, for enduring positive change.   The quantitative survey research method to be conducted in this project will critically examine the facets of the change process associated with top corporate executives’ implementation of Design Thinking in their companies for new innovations and growth.

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