Creativity and problem solution LO9996
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 13:04:08 -0400

Replying to LO9944 --

Re Knud Lindholm Lau's 12 Sept request for references about creativity and
problem solution.

A data base search should uncover literally 1000s of references in the
innovation, decision making and creativity literature. Many of these are
in the psychologically oriented stream of thought of deBono, Prince, Roger
von Oech and many self help books.

Some of the most useful and, for me, freshest thinking on this subject
comes from Robert Fritz. His work, based on an examination of the
creative process in the arts, is more rooted in a consideration of the
structures that guide behavior and action, rather than the psychological
tactics intended to remove mental roadblocks. His ideas are a key element
in the personal mastery portions of the Fifth Discipline and its
fieldbook, and they link your interests with the broader subject of the
learning organization.

Fritz has written several very good books. If you would like some
exposure to an alternative to the traditional approach to creativity and
problem solving, a good starting point might be "The Path of Least
Resistance" (Fawcett Columbine, New York, 1989).

Happy reading!

Bob Tomasko


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