I’ve been practicing design thinking for a while and strongly believe in the value of the methodology in accelerating growth and innovation. Noting this: it’s not the silver bullet and my experience suggests that you need to mix it with other tools from the business and Lean Startup box to maximize results.
I wanted to take a quick moment to share some of the actual academic and private research on Design Thinking. Its applied across a number of fields, business innovation is but one area.
This page from the d.School has a number of links to academic and private research on the topic of Design Thinking.
I hope you find it of interest and useful.