Prof. dr. Badke-Schaub, P.G.

Petra Badke-Schaub is Professor of Design Theory and Methodology at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

  • Born on 10th of February 1960
  • Married in 1986
  • 2 daughters


Design Theory and Methodology

  • 1986 – 1992
    PhD Thesis: “Groups and complex problem solving”
  • 1980 – 1986
    Study Psychology
  • 1978 – 1980
    Vocational education
  • 1978
    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?

Involved in research project(s):

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