For over a decade, the Innovation, Creativity, & Design Practice at UC Berkeley has connected great companies with Berkeley faculty, students, and frameworks, to assist them with innovation challenges and projects

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Haas@Work (MBA/EWMBA 290H)

Taught by Professors Jennifer Caleshu and Dave Rochlin

Innovation Lab, Wednesday 6-9:30pm

Haas@Work is a popular project-based course that gives students an opportunity to work with a very select group of prominent companies, to address significant business innovation challenges. During the term, teams of students follow a proven design-thinking innovation methodology to develop recommendations to address a growth or innovation issue impacting the performance of one of the participating companies. It is likely that we will have 2 or 3 projects this spring. Contact us for more details.

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Creativity Lab (MBA290T)

Taught by Professor Mariana Somma 

The Creativity Lab allows students to explore and expand their creative skills and practices. Business leaders consistently say they need more creative people in their organizations. The Creativity Lab is based on the studio model of exploration and critique. The outcome will be both skill building and confidence building.

Fundamentals of Design Thinking (MBA/EWMBA 200P)

“Fundamentals of Design Thinking” is a new one-unit core course which provides students with a common set of tools, processes, and strategies to creatively address complex business problems using a non-traditional problem-solving approach. Students will gain experience using the design thinking process through hands-on learning, team-based collaborative project work, and a year-end cohort-wide design sprint.

Designing the Future (MBA 290t)

Taught by Professor Sandeep Pahuja

The course uses design methods to envision how emerging technologies and
social trends will fundamentally transform industries and generate new
business opportunities. The focus is on applying them in a human-centered
way, matching new technological capabilities with human stories and real
world business opportunities to redesign the future.

Designing Tech for Good Initiatives (MBA290t)

Taught by Professors Dave Rochlin and Adam Rosenzweig

The project-based course operates at the intersection of three areas of
value to MBA students: Technology management, CSR, and innovation/design.
Through a Tech-for-Good lens, it is intended to give students a working
knowledge of all three that will be useful in the workplace and as future
leaders — while emphasizing the alignment between innovation, strategy, and


AD-HOC Consulting

We also participate in ethnographic/design thinking work on-demand for interested corporate partners. Sign up details coming soon.

“Haas@Work was the most impactful of my classes at Haas. I use the learnings daily”

Aquila Hussain
EWMBA 2015
Manager – McKinsey & Company

GSI Opportunities

Are you interested in learning how to facilitate and really hone your design thinking skills? Did you take one of our classes and want to help shape your classmates’ design thinking experience at Haas? Then, being a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for one of our courses may be the right opportunity for you. Below are the courses we run and if you are interested in being a GSI feel free to contact us with any questions.

EWMBA/MBA 290H Haas@Work
EWMBA/MBA 200P Fundamentals of Design Thinking
UGBA/MBA290T Creativity Lab