Creative Approaches to Problem Solving : A Framework for Innovation and Change

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-20
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Everything your students need to solve problems, manage change and deliver innovation using the Creative Problem Solving framework This text is the most comprehensive and contemporary overview and description of Creative Problem Solving (CPS) available today. Friendly and highly practical for a broad base of researchers and practitioners, the book provides a framework, language, guidelines, and set of easy-to-use tools for understanding challenges, generating ideas, and transforming promising ideas into action. New and Hallmark Features The authors expanded their emphasis on CPS as a flexible, dynamic process that enables users to select and apply CPS tools, components, and stages in a meaningful way that meets their actual needs. A framework for problem solving that has been tested and applied across ages, settings, and cultures allows readers to apply a common approach to process across many traditional 'boundaries.' Specific objectives in each chapter provide a clear focus for instruction or independent learning. Practical case studies introduced at the beginning of each chapter and then completed as a 'rest of the story' toward the end of the chapter provide an application anchor for the reader. New enhanced graphics: Updated and refreshed tables, figures, and illustrative images provide 'pictures' to go along with the authors' words.A companion Web site with additional resources can be found at www.sagepub.com/Isaksen3e .

Table of Contents

Creative Approaches to Problem Solving
What is Creativity?
Characteristics of Creative People
Operations Within the Creative Process
Removing Blocks and Barriers
Creative Results and Outcomes
The Context for Creativity
What is Problem Solving?
What is a Creative Approach?
Linking Creativity and Problem Solving
A Framework for Change
Putting This Chapter to Work
Activities to Guide Reflection and Action
Creative Problem Solving
What is Creative Problem Solving?
The Origins and History of CPS
Personal Process Activity
The CPS Framework
Understanding the Challenge
Constructing Opportunities
Exploring Data
Framing Problems
Generating Ideas
Preparing for Action
Developing Solutions
Building Acceptance
Planning Your Approach
Appraising Tasks
Designing Process
The Heartbeat of CPS
Guidelines for Generating
Defer Judgment
Strive for Quantity
Seek Combinations
Brainstorming is Not the Same as Having a Group Discussion
Brainstorming Includes Having Someone Lead the Session
Brainstorming Includes Recording All Options Generated
Brainstorming Involves Extended Effort
Brainstorming Supplements Individual Ideation
Guidelines for Focusing
Use Affirmative Judgment
Be Deliberate
Consider Novelty
Stay On Course
ALUo (Advantages, Limitations, Unique Qualities, and Overcoming Limitations)
Identifying the Advantages, Strengths, or Strong Points
Identifying Limitations or Areas for Improvement
Identifying Unique Qualities
Overcoming Limitations
Generating and Focusing Lead to Creativity
The Tools of CPS
Knowledge From Practical Experiences
Knowledge Derived From the Literature
A Solid and Explicit Conceptual Foundation Exists
There is Continuous Research and Development
Formal Courses Are Available
Courses and Programs Have Been Evaluated
Communities Exist to Advance Knowledge
Communities Exist to Advance Practice
There is a Documented Need
There is Experimental Evidence
Cps Has Been Widely Applied
Putting This Chapter to Work
Activities to Guide Reflection and Action
Understanding the Challenge
Understanding the Challenge in a "Nutshell"
What is the Constructing Opportunities Stage?
Generating When Constructing Opportunities
Opportunity Statements
Focusing When Constructing Opportunities
Constructing Opportunities - A Sample Application
What is the Exploring Data Stage?
Generating When Exploring Data
A Tool for Exploring Data: 5WH
Focusing When Exploring Data
Identify Key Data
Exploring Data - A Sample Application
What is the Framing Problems Stage?
Constructing an Effective Problem Statement
Generating In Framing Problems
Ladder of Abstraction
Focusing When Framing Problems
Find the Hot Spots
Restate the Hot Spots
The Rest of the Story
Putting This Chapter to Work
Activities to Guide Reflection and Action
Generating Ideas
Generating Ideas in a "Nutshell"
What is the Generating Ideas Component and Stage?
Points to Remember About Idea Generation
The Generating Phase
Qualities to Consider When Generating Options
Using Generating Tools
Brainstorming With Post-Its
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