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Essence of creativity [electronic resource] : a guide to tackling difficult problems /
Steven H. Kim.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
description
viii, 134 p. : ill.
ISBN
0195060172 (Cloth)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1990.
isbn
0195060172 (Cloth)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
catalogue key
7372120
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 123-127) and index.
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Review Quotes
"Quite detailed and useful in a way that is reminiscent of that half century plus old favorite found in kitchens everywhere--The Joy of Cooking--for this is a recipe book for being a winner through creative problem-solving behavior . . . . If you are involved in or supervising creativeprocesses in any field, this book is a must. Buy a copy and see for yourself." --Journal of Management
"Quite detailed and useful in a way that is reminiscent of that halfcentury plus old favorite found in kitchens everywhere--The Joy of Cooking--forthis is a recipe book for being a winner through creative problem-solvingbehavior . . . . If you are involved in or supervising creative processes in anyfield, this book is a must. Buy a copy and see for yourself." --Journal ofManagement
"Quite detailed and useful in a way that is reminiscent of that half century plus old favorite found in kitchens everywhere--The Joy of Cooking--for this is a recipe book for being a winner through creative problem-solving behavior . . . . If you are involved in or supervising creative processes in any field, this book is a must. Buy a copy and see for yourself." --Journal of Management There are practical observations in this book on the research and research supervision processes which will be of value to many researchers in the business world. The broader notion of a creativity support system is one which is becoming increasingly important in information technology. I would recommend the book for such interest groups." --Leadership & Organisation Development Journal "Worthwhile reading this book to see if you are missing something and to see what the state of the art in 'Knowledge Engineering' is like--the extensive bibliography is useful." --Structural Chemistry
"Quite detailed and useful in a way that is reminiscent of that half century plus old favorite found in kitchens everywhere-- The Joy of Cooking --for this is a recipe book for being a winner through creative problem-solving behavior . . . . If you are involved in or supervising creative processes in any field, this book is a must. Buy a copy and see for yourself." -- Journal of Management There are practical observations in this book on the research and research supervision processes which will be of value to many researchers in the business world. The broader notion of a creativity support system is one which is becoming increasingly important in information technology. I would recommend the book for such interest groups." -- Leadership & Organisation Development Journal "Worthwhile reading this book to see if you are missing something and to see what the state of the art in 'Knowledge Engineering' is like--the extensive bibliography is useful." -- Structural Chemistry
There are practical observations in this book on the research and research supervision processes which will be of value to many researchers in the business world. The broader notion of a creativity support system is one which is becoming increasingly important in information technology. Iwould recommend the book for such interest groups." --Leadership and Organisation Development Journal
There are practical observations in this book on the research and researchsupervision processes which will be of value to many researchers in the businessworld. The broader notion of a creativity support system is one which isbecoming increasingly important in information technology. I would recommendthe book for such interest groups." --Leadership and Organisation DevelopmentJournal
"Worthwhile reading this book to see if you are missing something and to see what the state of the art in 'Knowledge Engineering' is like--the extensive bibliography is useful." --Structural Chemistry
"Worthwhile reading this book to see if you are missing something and tosee what the state of the art in 'Knowledge Engineering' is like--the extensivebibliography is useful." --Structural Chemistry
1. Introduction 2. Attributes of Creativity 3. Quality of Ideas and Solutions 4. Factors of Creativity 5. Tactics for Individual Productivity 6. Managing the Project 7. Strategies for Research 8. Supervising the Researcher 9. Conclusion
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Summaries
Long Description
Challenging problems both attract and repel us. They frustrate us, accelerate our pulses, cause ulcers, and may even curtail our lifespans. But they also provide food for thought, sustaining our creativity and adding emotion and spice to the human experience. This book explores the nature of these challenging or difficult problems and the dimensions of creative behaviour demanded by such tasks. A special feature of the book is a discussion of research practices whose principles should apply to diverse settings, ranging from the university laboratory to the corporate marketing office and governmental research institute. The topics will be of special relevance to researchers and their supervisors. The author argues that by understanding the dynamics of problem solving in general, we can better organize the pursuit of specific projects. He characterizes problems by three dimensions: domain, difficulty, and effort. The domain refers to the area of application; the difficulty to the level of conceptual challenge required; and effort to the magnitude of the work required to implement a solution. This book explores the nature of difficult problems in various domains, as well as techniques for addressing them. It also presents a case for the ways in which advances in hardware and software technologies may be harnessed to develop a creativity support system to assist decision making. Written in a clear, readable style, Essence of Creativity should appeal to engineers, business managers, computer scientists, psychologists, and educators in many fields, as well as general readers seeking effective ways to handle difficult problems.
Main Description
Challenging problems both attract and repel us. They frustrate us, accelerate our pulses, cause ulcers, and perhaps even curtail our lifespans. On the other hand, the knotty problems of life offer us food for thought, sustaining our creativity, and adding emotional spice to the humanexperience. We encounter difficult tasks day in and day out. The solutions to these problems must be sought with resourcefulness and creativity, for until now we have had little insight into the nature of these tasks, and even less into methods for resolving them. This unique book explores thenature of challenging problems in all walks of life, and describes the creative techniques for addressing them. It is particularly relevant for problems that admit no obvious solution, whether they concern scientific knowledge, technology, the arts, or social situations. By understanding thedynamics of problem solving in general, the author argues, we can better organize the pursuit of specific projects. The initial phase involves crystallizing our objectives and developing a coherent plan. The next step is to evaluate the results and determine whether the work should be concluded,begun anew, or given up altogether. With this general strategy, even seemingly overwhelming problems can be approached systematically and efficiently. The author goes beyond the normal distinction between routine and innovative activities, defining the role of creativity in novel decision-making. Inaddition, he distills the existing literature on creativity, innovation, and project management to present a concise set of strategies and practices that can be applied in a myriad of settings ranging from university laboratories to corporate planning centers. For the sake of concreteness, a numberof examples from research and development environments demonstrate the book's basic principles in action, showing how even the most difficult problems can yield to knowledgeable ingenuity. Written in a clear, readable style, Essence of Creativity will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers:engineers, business managers, computer scientists, executives, cognitive psychologists, and educators in many fields, as well as general readers seeking effective ways to handle difficult problems.
Main Description
Challenging problems both attract and repel us. They frustrate us,accelerate our pulses, cause ulcers, and perhaps even curtail our lifespans. Onthe other hand, the knotty problems of life offer us food for thought,sustaining our creativity, and adding emotional spice to the human experience.We encounter difficult tasks day in and day out. The solutions to theseproblems must be sought with resourcefulness and creativity, for until now wehave had little insight into the nature of these tasks, and even less intomethods for resolving them. This unique book explores the nature of challengingproblems in all walks of life, and describes the creative techniques foraddressing them. It is particularly relevant for problems that admit no obvioussolution, whether they concern scientific knowledge, technology, the arts, orsocial situations. By understanding the dynamics of problem solving in general,the author argues, we can better organize the pursuit of specific projects. Theinitial phase involves crystallizing our objectives and developing a coherentplan. The next step is to evaluate the results and determine whether the workshould be concluded, begun anew, or given up altogether. With this generalstrategy, even seemingly overwhelming problems can be approached systematicallyand efficiently. The author goes beyond the normal distinction between routineand innovative activities, defining the role of creativity in noveldecision-making. In addition, he distills the existing literature oncreativity, innovation, and project management to present a concise set ofstrategies and practices that can be applied in a myriad of settings rangingfrom university laboratories to corporate planning centers. For the sake ofconcreteness, a number of examples from research and development environmentsdemonstrate the book's basic principles in action, showing how even the mostdifficult problems can yield to knowledgeable ingenuity. Written in a clear,readable style, Essence of Creativity will appeal to a broad spectrum ofreaders: engineers, business managers, computer scientists, executives,cognitive psychologists, and educators in many fields, as well as generalreaders seeking effective ways to handle difficult problems.
Main Description
Challenging problems both attract and repel us. They frustrate us, accelerate our pulses, cause ulcers, and perhaps even curtail our lifespans. On the other hand, the knotty problems of life offer us food for thought, sustaining our creativity, and adding emotional spice to the human experience. We encounter difficult tasks day in and day out. The solutions to these problems must be sought with resourcefulness and creativity, for until now we have had little insight into the nature of these tasks, and even less into methods for resolving them. This unique book explores the nature of challenging problems in all walks of life, and describes the creative techniques for addressing them. It is particularly relevant for problems that admit no obvious solution, whether they concern scientific knowledge, technology, the arts, or social situations. By understanding the dynamics of problem solving in general, the author argues, we can better organize the pursuit of specific projects. The initial phase involves crystallizing our objectives and developing a coherent plan. The next step is to evaluate the results and determine whether the work should be concluded, begun anew, or given up altogether. With this general strategy, even seemingly overwhelming problems can be approached systematically and efficiently. The author goes beyond the normal distinction between routine and innovative activities, defining the role of creativity in novel decision-making. In addition, he distills the existing literature on creativity, innovation, and project management to present a concise set of strategies and practices that can be applied in a myriad of settings ranging from university laboratories to corporate planning centers. For the sake of concreteness, a number of examples from research and development environments demonstrate the book's basic principles in action, showing how even the most difficult problems can yield to knowledgeable ingenuity. Written in a clear, readable style, Essence of Creativity will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers: engineers, business managers, computer scientists, executives, cognitive psychologists, and educators in many fields, as well as general readers seeking effective ways to handle difficult problems.
Main Description
This unique book explores the nature of challenging problems and describes the creative techniques for addressing them. It is particularly relevant for problems that admit no obvious solution, whether they concern scientific knowledge, technology, the arts, or social situations.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Attributes of Creativity
Quality of Ideas and Solutions
Factors of Creativity
Tactics for Individual Productivity
Managing the Project
Strategies for Research
Supervising the Researcher
Conclusion
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