+Impact Studio: Translating Research into Practice
Course CodeBA 670
- Fall 19
- Winter 20
Impact Studio: Translating Research into Practice --- The +Impact Studio teaches interdisciplinary student teams (e.g., MBAs, MSWs, MPH, MEng) how to use scholarly intellectual capital, business acumen and design methodologies to begin to address a wicked problem. Wicked problems are issues with societal import, that are difficult to understand, and are embedded within complex systems; for example, how might the financially precarious or the unbanked accomplish necessary financial transactions in society; how might citizens living with failing infrastructure be better served by their municipality. To begin to address such an issue, teams will be seeded with novel, university-generated intellectual capital (e.g., new insights on FinTech or a machine learning algorithm from Marketing research) that may provide a critical piece of the puzzle to making a sustainable, scalable positive impact. There is a trove of such capital within the University that would otherwise remain disconnected from the pressing problems of our generation. Thus, this course serves as a nexus between this intellectual capital, a wicked problem and design. In the Fall term, this course focuses on accomplishing the following design phase in addressing a wicked problem: developing a human-centered and systems-centered understanding of the specific opportunity for making a positive impact at scale. In the Winter term, this course focuses on accomplishing the following design phase in addressing a wicked problem: opportunity calibration, ideation, experimentation and prototyping for making a positive impact at scale.