A paper* presented at EAD 2009 conference in Aberdeen, trying to explain why "design thinking" works and what may be its limits. This is an interesting line of research which may even produce some testable hypotheses in the future, and it has immediate practical implications for product development managers.
See also our slides on the subject!
* Korhonen, J. M. & Hassi, L. (2009). Design Thinking Unpacked: An Evolutionary Algorithm. In Proceedings of the Eight European Academy of Design International Conference, 261-265. Aberdeen. .