Yogyakarta – Saturday, November 30th 2019. The Master of Science and Doctoral Program, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Gadjah Mada (MD FEB UGM) held the second series of skills improvement programs namely Design Thinking Workshop (DTW). A total of 36 Masters students in Economic Science, Accounting Science and Management Science in the second and third semester were trained in critical and rational thinking skills in seeing a phenomenon and formulating feedback in the form of offering solutions to solve problems creatively, innovatively, efficiently and effectively. During 8 (eight) hours, four sessions were delivered by speakers in the form of introductions, case studies, group discussions, and presentations & validations.
Present as the main speakers were Nurul Indarti, Sivilokonom, Cand. Merc., Ph.D, Chair of the Management Study Program and RR. Nastiti Tour., Ph.D., Manager of Academic, Student Affairs and Collaboration Program MD FEB UGM. In his presentation, Nurul Indarti said “The ability of students to analyze a broader phenomenon is still weak due to the ability of problem identification and critical thinking that has not been trained. Then DTW is implemented as a student experiment media to identify institutional, program and individual problems and then offer solutions “. RR. Nastiti tour said that a problem tends to be the source of various problems, it is necessary to be empathetic by lateral thinking to identify problems and find their roots.
As a general description of activities, students are divided into 6 groups and through teamwork identify client’s problems using the in-depth interview method. Each group interviewed one student who acted as a client to explore the personal problems being faced. This session is a case study session which is specifically time for the group at a stage called discovery and interpretation. Each participant then creates a client persona to explore the objectivity of the problem with a certain evidence(s). Furthermore, each group uses the mind mapping method in formulating the classification of problems faced by the client. This session focuses on the stages of ideation, experimentation, and evolution.
In the experimentation and validation session, which is the last session, the group presents a mockup of solutions offered to the client so that the client then gives an affirmation related to the extent to which the solution offered by the group is appropriate and can be executed by the client concerned. From the whole process, the activity output is achieved through innovative solutions from several strategic groups that can be implemented by clients to support their tasks and responsibilities. Until finally DTW activities closed with a group photo. (RP)
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