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Business Administration 190C / Theater 100

Collaborative Innovation

Arts and Literature

In this hands-on, project-based class in collaborative innovation, students will experience group creativity and team-based design by using techniques from across the disciplines of business, theatre, design, and art practice. They will leverage problem framing and solving techniques derived from critical thinking, systems thinking, and creative problem solving (popularly known today as “design thinking”). The course is grounded in a brief weekly lecture that sets out the theoretical, historical, and cultural contexts for particular innovation practices, but the majority of the class involves hands-on studio-based learning guided by an interdisciplinary team of teachers leading small group collaborative projects. Students will experience observation, problem-framing, divergent and convergent thinking, iterative solution testing, improvisation, storytelling, devised theatre, and public speaking and presentation activities. By engaging in these activities, the course provides students with the opportunity to develop new mindsets, skill-sets and toolsets for use in collaborative innovation efforts.

Sara Beckman faculty profile
Sara Beckman (Haas and Mechanical Engineering)
Lisa Wymore faculty profile
Lisa Wymore (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies)

Terms Offered

  • Spring 2022
  • Spring 2020
  • Spring 2019
  • Spring 2018
  • Spring 2017
  • Spring 2016
"Extremely engaging and interactive."
— Spring 2022 Student
"Refreshingly different from other Berkeley classes and changed the way that I approach problems."
— Spring 2022 Student