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Professor and Director, MBA Programs, University of Victoria

David Dunne is Professor and Director, MBA Programs, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria. For over 15 years, he has been thinking, writing and educating about Design Thinking. His book, Design Thinking at Work: How Innovative Organizations Are Embracing Design, deals with the three tensions organizations experience with Design Thinking.

A former Marketing and Advertising executive with Unilever and Young & Rubicam, David completed a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, where he also served as a faculty member for 16 years before moving to the University of Victoria.

Since the early 2000’s, his research and teaching have focused on design thinking, and how design thinkers deal with organizational barriers. His research has been published in many academic and managerial journals, including Academy of Management Learning & Education, Journal of Organizational Design and several articles in Harvard Business Review. He consults and delivers executive education in Design Thinking and Innovation.


  • –present
    Professor and Director, MBA Programs, University of Victoria


  • 1996 
    University of Toronto, Ph.D.


University of Toronto President's Award, National Teaching Fellowship, Gustavson Innovation Award