Evaluating The Academic Trends On Design Thinking Research: A Bibliometric Analysis From 2000 to 2021

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Norliyana Md. Aris, Nor Hasniza Ibrahim, Noor Dayana Abd Halim, Sariah Ali, Nurul Hanani Rusli, Maizatul Nabila Mohd Suratin, Firdaus Che Hassan


"Design Thinking" opens up new avenues for boosting current educational, creative thinking instructional, and innovation research paradigms. Design thinking approaches are widely being explored in various fields to meet the inspiration of the global era. It is now recognized as the learning experience through repeating activities in a problem-solving learning environment. With the growth of design thinking, much research has been conducted. The focus of this research is to look at the current state of design thinking research and make future research directions. This study also aims to provide up-to-date maps illustrating and organizing Scopus data sets relevant to design thinking research between 2000 and 2021. The study retrieved 1875 documents for further analysis using various tools.  Microsoft Excel, Harzing Perish, and VOSviewer were used to complete the bibliometric review using standard bibliometric indicators. Visualization through maps based on-network data of scientific publications displaying relationships among researchers, countries, and scientific journals. The co-occurrence of phrases related to design thinking research was analyzed through author keywords. Based on what we have discovered,design thinking research is gaining popularity among scholars. The United States, followed by Germany, was the most significant contributor to design thinking research. Most articles connected to design thinking research have been published in computer science and social science. The top author keywords in terms of co-occurrence were "Design Thinking" "Innovation" "Design" and "Creativity" are all keywords used to express design thinking. The top-cited article from the Journal Of Engineering Education is titled "Engineering design thinking, teaching, and learning". Our findings will provide a clear grasp of design thinking research bodies' evolution trends. These current work analyses are valuable and essential resources for scholars and practitioners in design thinking academic researchers.

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