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Prof.dr. P.G. Badke-Schaub (Petra)

Professor of Design Theory and Methodology
Department Product Innovation Management, section 
Design Theory and Methodology


Born: 10 February 1960
Married in 1986
2 daughters (16, 21)


  Design Theory and Methodology

1986 – 1992

PhD Thesis: “Groups and complex problem solving”

1980 – 1986

Study Psychology

1978 – 1980

Vocational education


General qualification for university entrance, Abitur




Since 10/2004
Professor of Design Theory and Methodology

1998 – 2004
Institute of Theoretical Psychology, University Bamberg, Senior Lecturer and Researcher

1991 – 1998
Department of General Psychology and Methodology, University Bamberg, Research Associate

1990 – 1991
Max-Planck-Project Group “Cognitive anthropology” Berlin, Research Associate

1986 – 1990
Department of General Psychology and Methodology, University Bamberg, Research Associate in the research project: “Micro-analysis of dealing with complex tasks”

Specialisation / field of research

  • Design methodology
  • Design research methodology
  • Analysis of thinking and acting processes
  • Problem solving and decision making in teams
  • Team coordination, communication & cooperation
  • Complexity in social context

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Design theory and methodology
  • Research and design
  • PhD projects:

  1. How do design teams establish common mental models and how do they develop over time?
  2. What are the effects of design and implementation of technology for distributed but highly interdependent teams?
  3. How can designers be supported with an ‘individualised’ methodology?
  4. How can we transfer lean principles to design?
  5. What is “The object of design in service innovation” and how can we assess service design?
  6. How can we develop decision making systems supporting clinicians in the surgical workspace?
  7. The role of reflection for development of shared mental models in teams during the design process?
  8. What is the role and impact of emotional alignment in teams?


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