Hans Kaspar Hugentobler graduated from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he earned his Master’s degree in Human-centered Innovation Planning. He also holds a Diploma in Communication Sciences from Freie Universität Berlin and a Diploma in Design. Additionally, he studied Information Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin.
Hans Kaspar is the founder of Maloya Labs and advises organizations in building cross-disciplinary innovation skills. He has lived and worked in Germany, USA, Taiwan and China, where he has consulted with – among others – corporations such as Deutsche Telekom, Hyundai Motor Germany, Victorinox, University of St. Gallen, Swiss Post, Unaxis/OC Oerlikon, and cooperated with organizations such as Bremen Innovation Agency, Taiwan Design Center and China Export Trade Development Council.
Hans Kaspar has lectured at the University of Montreal, National Taipei University of Technology, University of the Arts Berlin, and Shanghai Creativity Center. His academic research addresses a number of questions about how business and design can be successfully linked. His current research focuses on how organizations can become more successful by improving decision-making in the early phases of the innovation process.
Hacking the Organization: Organizational Transformation by Design. Proceedings of the European Academy of Design (EAD) Conference (12). Rome: Sapienza University of Rome. 2017.
Design Science for the Optimization of Patient Pathways and Discharge Management: a Study from a Gynecological Clinic in Switzerland. With Dagmar Johanna Steffen and Ute Ziegler. Proceedings of the European Academy of Design (EAD) Conference 2015 (11). Paris: Paris Descartes University. 2015.
Design Science in Health Care: Co-Designing an Optimized Patient Pathway at a Gynecological Clinic of a Large Hospital in Switzerland. Proceedings of RSD3, Third Symposium of Relating Systems Thinking to Design. Oslo, Norway: Oslo School of Architecture and Design, October 15-17, 2014.
Design Science in Health Care: Design Science and Organizational Science as a Foundation for the Use of Design in the Health Care System. Unpublished Paper. Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. School of Design. Lucerne. 2014.
Visual Sense-Making in the Innovation Process. Tools for Innovation Acceleration. Proceedings of CADMC 2nd Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference. Cambridge: University of Cambridge. 2013.
Design Thinking, Utopia and the ’Designer’: A Provocative Statement. Proceedings of the Design Business Conference. Istituto Europeo di Design. Barcelona. 2011.
Designing Learning – Learning Designing: Facilitation in Collaborative Learning and Designing. A Proposal. Doctoral Education in Design. Pre-Conference Proceedings. Hong Kong. 2011.
Design Science and Design Research: An Introductory Overview. Hans Kaspar Hugentobler et. al.. Unpublished Paper. Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. School of Design. Lucerne. 2010.
Design Management for SME: Development of a DM-Guide for the Use of Design and Design Management within Corporate R&D and Decision-Making Processes. Co-authored with Acklin C.. IASDR Conference Proceedings. Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hong Kong. 2007.
Design Theory for Design Management Education: Skills Development through Theories of How. Proceedings D2B The 1st International Design Management Symposium, Shanghai. A. Williams, D. Hands, M. O´Brian (Ed.). The University of Salford. School of Art and Design. 2006.
Design Planning Education and the Adaptive Economy: Towards the Next Generation of a Methodological Framework. Proceedings of the European Academy of Design (EAD) Conference (6). Bremen: University of the Arts. 2005.
Designing a Methods Platform for Design and Design Research. Co-authored with Jonas W., Rahe D.. Design Research Society. FutureGround International Conference. Vol. 2: Full Proceedings. John Redmond et al. (Ed.). Monash University, Faculty of Art and Design. Melbourne. 2005.
Toolbox for Integrated Design Planning and Design Management. Proceedings of the First Swiss Design Network Research Symposium. Zürich. 2004.
Design Research: Diversity, Relevance, and Ideology. German Society for Design Research and Design Theory, Second Symposium: How much Theory does the Profession need? Hamburg. 2004. Access: www.dgtf.de.
A John Heskett Reader: Design, History, Economics. John Heskett (author) and Clive Dilnot (ed.). Journal of Design, Business & Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2017.
Advisory Board Member
Journal of Design, Business & Society – Intellect Ltd.
Executive Committee Member
European Academy of Design, since 2003
European Academy of Design, Conferences, since 2005
Design Research Society 2006 Conference, IADE, Lisbon
Peer Review Organizer
Swiss Design Network 2008 Conference, Focused, Bern
Language Exam Reviewer
In support of Ph.D. Faculty, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
Board of Trustees Member
Heilbronn University, Heilbronn, Germany
BA Design Management International, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne
Efficiency Club, Business Group Innovation Management, Zürich (Co-Founder)
Transfer Alumni Network, University of the Arts, Berlin (Co-Founder and First President)
Design Research Society, London
European Academy of Design, London
German Society for Design Research and Design Theory, Cologne
Design Management Network, London
Swiss Design Network, Zürich
Transfer Alumni Network, University of the Arts, Berlin
Swiss-Chinese Association, Zürich
Agile Design Management for the Modern Organization: A Speedboat to Help Companies and Organizations Navigate the Complex Waters of Design and Innovation.
Design Management in the Light of China: Challenges and Opportunities for Design Management and Design Education.
From Design Briefing to Design Research and Design Planning Projects. System Innovations instead of Point Solutions.
Customer-Oriented Innovation Management: Planning New Solutions in a Forward-Looking Way.
Brand Experience: Getting Closer to the Customer.
Design Thinking Explores the Full Range of Life Experience: When Smart Minds Enter New Territory. Der Bund. 2015. Access: http://derbund.ch/18222465.
Planning Design Management Rationally. Hochparterre. Zurich. 2007.
Design for and in China. Ruizhong. 2009.
Design Planning – How American Companies Combine User Research, New Design Methods and Business Strategies for Product Innovation. Co-authored with Denise Steiner. Innovation Management. 2007.