Multi-Perspective Approaches

Image by drmakete lab on Unsplash


A traditional model of thinking, in which the problem is known from the start and the “correct” solution precisely defined, is often still the norm in technical education. This way of thinking reaches its limits in an increasingly complex and interconnected world because development processes today run much less linearly but instead in the form of iterative cycles.

Innovation in highly developed and specialized areas of application requires a high degree of cooperation, multidisciplinarity, and creativity. In addition to the diversity of content, multidisciplinary approach also entails methodological diversity. Thus, the humanities and social sciences can provide valuable impulses for a holistic approach in the innovation process and help in reflecting critically on familiar structures and thought patterns. The multi-perspective approaches that emerge increase the chances of development teams benefiting from their diversity and using synergies. Ultimately, they will produce sustainable results in social as well as in economic and ecological terms. The tools mentioned here support companies in taking advantage of the opportunities offered by a multi-perspective approach.