Designing Smart Cities: A Participatory Approach to Business Model Teaching


  • Tim Mosig HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • Wafa Said Mosleh
  • Claudia Lehmann, Dr. HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management



This paper presents the design and content of a business model course for executive education. The course is inspired by the Scandinavian participatory design approach, which invites cross-disciplinary and interactive engagement. It demonstrates how a situated learning experience enables a contextual process of inquiry among participants

Author Biographies

Tim Mosig, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

Tim Mosig has been practicing creativity methods for several years during different occasions and in several institutions as already during his studies in Germany, Australia, and China, in his role as a First-Lieutenant teaching officer for leadership at the Officer School of the German Air Force, and for the last three years at HHL-CLIC. Integrating also other methods during projects, Tim has started additionally to specialize in Design Thinking for the last three years and applies a wide range of other creativity techniques in different workshops in numerous industries besides his PhD project on data-driven business model innovation.

Claudia Lehmann, Dr., HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

With her background in aviation engineering and consulting, Dr. Claudia Lehmann was involved in numerous large projects as for example during her work at Lufthansa Cargo in San Francisco. Thereby, for more than ten years, she has been practicing different innovation methods extensively which often has been a key success factor to her projects. Also, since she has been the executive director of CLIC and even before, she applied and taught a wide range of creativity techniques as exemplarily LEGOSeriousPlay® and Design Thinking especially in the context of digitization and Industry 4.0.






Special Issue: Teaching Business Models