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Jun 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

Cultivating Creativity

This course will help you be more creative, teach you how to manage teams, and help you understand key design elements that lead to creative workers. Importantly, we will discuss themes of creativity that are common to individuals and teams.

About the Program

Creativity involves the generation of an idea that is both novel and useful. Because of fast changing technologies and increasingly competitive markets, companies are looking to workers at all levels and areas – not just in the traditionally creative areas of marketing and R&D – to come up with ideas that can be developed into innovative new products, services, processes, and solutions. Staying a step ahead of competitors often requires creative thinking, but so does responding to competitors quickly and, more generally, responding to an ever-changing environment.

Individuals and teams are all creative to some extent, but there is always room for improvement. This course is about how both can reach their creative potential. It is designed to (a) help you be more creative, (b) teach you how to manage teams so that they are more creative than members working alone, and (c) help you understand key design elements that lead to creative workers. Importantly, we will discuss themes of creativity that are common to individuals and teams.

How to increase your (and others’) creativity
How to increase team and organizational creativity

  • Understand what creativity is, why it’s important, and how it relates to analytical thinking
  • The general problem – a tendency to focus on a small number of alternatives – can be overcome
  • New ideas are rooted in old ideas, so increasing breadth and depth of knowledge is crucial
  • Learn methods for accessing that vast knowledge base in your head
  • increasing creativity requires overcoming many natural tendencies – i.e., it’s hard work
  • Understand the relation between creativity and good decision making
  • Teams can be result in more creativity than individuals alone, but must be actively managed
  • Natural group processes work against creativity
  • Learn how to build teams that have the most creative potential
  • Learn how to access and harness diverse opinions and perspectives in groups

Instructor

Craig R. M. McKenzie is a Professor of Management and Strategy and Professor of Psychology at the Rady School of Management.

McKenzie’s interests revolve around inference, uncertainty and choice. Most of his recent research explains errors people purportedly make in the laboratory by adopting a different (usually Bayesian) normative approach to the task of interest and taking into account the typical structure of the natural environment. He argues that many errors are the result of people behaving as (qualitative) Bayesians who make reasonable assumptions about task parameters that reflect how the world usually works.

McKenzie has won research awards from the National Science Foundation, the Operations Research Society of America and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology in 1994 from the University of Chicago.

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Date and Time

Jun 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

Location

UC San Diego Rady School of Management

Event Registration

Registration for this event is required by Jun 11, 2019. Visit the registration page for details.

Event Fee

$400

Contact

Rady Center of Executive Development    radyexecdev@ucsd.edu    858-534-9000

Audience

Faculty, Staff, The General Public

Event Category

Talks and Lectures