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Kirsten Bonde Sørensen

designer, MA in rhetoric, Ph.D. in strategic design

20072014
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Personlig profil

Forskningsområde

 

STRATEGIC DESIGN IN ORGANIZATIONS AND IN INDIVIDUALS

In my Ph.D. thesis, “When designing emerges into strategies – in an organization and in individuals” I proved that designing can be used strategically, not only in organizations, but also in individuals. 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
This means people, also non-professional and so-called ‘non-creative’ people, can use the skills of the designer and do designing as a language for self-dialogue and value clarification and thus do/create reflections about our unconscious dominant values in life. This often leads to new defined values and strategies in the life of the individual – and subsequently changes in perception and behaviour. 

FOR WHOM?
In my workshops banking customers, students and people in general have changed their perception and behaviour in relation to money behaviour, to creativity, and to life in general. This type of designing is strongly self-persuasive and empowering and makes participants self-leading in their private sphere.

WHAT ABOUT VALUES IN BUSINESS-ORGANISATIONS?
In a broader perspective the most challenging and limiting elements in business organizations are also the hidden values, also called mental mappings, present in the organizations. Mental mappings root in our dominant values and result in our limiting way of thinking, our ‘glasses’ and view of life. Today, too many organizations, read: business leaders, only ‘see’ the problems at hand and make decisions by choosing among existing possibilities. Instead we need business leaders that can ‘see’ and create new possibilities.

As individuals, and secondarily as business leaders, employees etc. we need to reflect on and clarify our individual dominant values – as this is the hidden barrier between our dream and reality.

Yet we have the possibility of using designing as a language for self-dialogue and value clarification and a possibility of letting designing emerge into new creative strategies in organizations and in individuals.

 

 

Educations:

 
2008 - 2011 Industrial Ph.D.
Kolding School of Design / Middelfart Sparekasse (Arkitektskolen Aarhus)
 
2006 - 2008: Master in Rhetoric (MARC)
Aarhus University, Denmark
 
1990 – 1995: Designer
Kolding School of Design
Utrecht School of the Arts, Utretch, Holland (1994) 
 
1982 – 1985: Studentereksamen
Ribe Katedralskole, Ribe
                       

Positions held:

2012-
Aarhus School of Architecture
Research assistant
Researching and teaching service design and strategic design
 
Research topics: generative tools, design as language for self-dialogue and value clarification, rhetoric, doing thinking, design as doing, self-leadership, strategic design in organisations and in individuals, service design.
 
2011 - 2012
Design2Innovate, Kolding School of Design
Academic editor: “SÅDAN! - bruger du design i forretningsudvikling” (2012) on how to use design in business development.
 
Design2innovate is a four-year project funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The objective of Design2innovate is to help small and medium-sized companies develop and increase their business using design as a tool.
 
2011 – 2011
Kolding School of Design:
Design management consultant at Danfoss 

 

2011 – 2012 
Kolding School of Design/University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Teacher & supervisor (MA level) in Design Management at Kolding School of Design/University of Southern Denmark

 
2008-2011
Kolding School of Design, Middelfart Sparekasse, Middelfart
Industrial Ph.D. student
 
2007 -2007
Kolding School of Design/Danish Centre for Design Research (DCDR)
Research Assistant
 
2000 - 2006
Idyllic.dk – design studio
Owner, designer


1996 – 2000
InWear, IC Companys, Denmark
International Art Director
 
1995 – 1996
Lindberg Optic
Designer
 
1985 – 1991
Marie Brolin-Tani Dance Theatre
Stephen Fant Dance Theatre and Eske Holm Dans
 
 
 

Forskningsområder

  • Proces og metode
  • design as doing
  • generative tools
  • strategic design for individuals
  • strategic design in organizations
  • design as language for self-dialogue and value clarification
  • rhetoric

Projekter 2008 2010

Publikationer 2007 2014

Transformative service design: Inviting customers to have artful self-dialogues about money

Sørensen, K. B., 15 jan. 2014, I : Touchpoint. Touchpoint Vol. 5, No. 3, s. 54-60 7 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Challenging your dominant values in life

Sørensen, K. B., 12 dec. 2013

Publikation: AndetUdgivelser på nettet - Net-publikationForskningpeer review

Designing for self-leadership

Sørensen, K. B., 9 jun. 2013, Proceedings of Nordes 2013: Experiments in design research. Copenhagen: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, s. 163-173 10 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportKonferencebidrag i proceedingsForskningpeer review

The Self-Leading Customer: A new human-centred financial service

Sørensen, K. B., 19 sep. 2012, Proceedings of the 2nd Innovation for Financial Services Summit, Luxembourg. Sep. 2012.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportKonferencebidrag i proceedingsForskningpeer review

How can design and rhetoric contribute to business strategy and value innovation?: - a strategic design project in Middelfart Sparekasse

Sørensen, K. B., 2010, Design Research DK: 08-09: Design in Transition. s. 64-71 8 s.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportBidrag til bog/antologiFormidling

Aktiviteter 2005 2013

Challenging your Dominant Values in Life

Kirsten Bonde Sørensen (Foredragsholder)
20 nov. 2013

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Fremtidens kunderådgivning. Folkemødet Bornholm

Kirsten Bonde Sørensen (Oplægsholder)
15 jun. 2013

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Designing for self-leadership. NORDES 2013

Kirsten Bonde Sørensen (Oplægsholder)
10 jun. 2013

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

Designs rolle i forretningsudvikling, innovation og strategi- samt et bud på strategisk design 2.0

Kirsten Bonde Sørensen (Foredragsholder)
16 nov. 2012

Aktivitet: Tale eller præsentation - typerForedrag og mundtlige bidrag

An analytical and generative use of Kenneth Burke´s The Pentad

Kirsten Bonde Sørensen (Deltager)
4 dec. 2011

Aktivitet: Andre aktivitetstyperEkstern undervisning og censoraktivitet