Stimulating Ideas Through Creative Software

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1514-1532
Journal / PublicationManagement Science
Volume40
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

A central task of management is decision making and a crucial aspect of decision making is having good alternatives from which to choose. This paper investigates whether computer-based procedures for idea generation can help individuals to develop solution alter- natives more creatively. Our conceptual framework considers creative processes, environments, outputs, and individuals. In particular, generating alternatives is viewed as a process of "making connections"-internal connections among problem elements and external connections between a problem and its environment. We have developed a computer program (GENI) which in- corporates a variety of techniques to assist in making these different types of connections. The program is described and an experimental test with several managerial problems is presented. The results show that use of the program leads to the development of significantly more creative alternatives than does a control treatment. There is an amplification effect in that the performance of the more creative individuals is improved the most. Thus the findings suggest that computerized idea generation leads to more creative alternatives resulting in potentially better managerial decisions.

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Stimulating Ideas Through Creative Software. / Maccrimmon, Kenneth R.; Wagner, Christian.

In: Management Science, Vol. 40, No. 11, 11.1994, p. 1514-1532.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review