Reporting of intellectual capital

Week 3 Online Reflective Blog  December 5, 2017 – 05:30 am
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Synopsis

Chapter 2 of the book by King and Anderson (2002), ‘Enhancing creativity at work’, attempts to: (1) provide a definition of creativity; (2) demonstrate different ways of measuring creativity; (3) outline methods for enhancing creativity and the generation of ideas; and (4) present how there can be advantages and disadvantages in attempting to select employees for their creativity. Their section on defining creativity shows well that creativity is a complex and difficult-to-define concept, but there are ways to understand it.

Critique

The discussion of measuring creativity was very good, especially the way in which it divided measures into person-based (e.g., personality measures, biographical inventories, tests of creative ability), product-based, and process-based measures, because this showed that there are many different ways of perceiving creativity. The chapter is highly practical and relevant for a manager wanting to understand more about how to harness the power of creativity in his or her organisation, and extremely helpful in developing an understanding of creativity.

Possibly the most useful and interesting section of the chapter was that discussing ways to enhance creativity and idea generation. In lectures, three broad methods were introduced – recruitment, idea elicitation techniques, and training. The authors deepened the nature of these, particularly the detailed discussion of idea elicitation techniques (e.g., brainstorming, synectics, checklists, attribute listing, and forced relationships), which was very helpful. Finally, the section on selecting for creativity was relevant in showing that though it can be difficult to select employees on the basis of their creativity, there are ways to achieve this, e.g., through personality tests, biographical inventories, specific tests of innovation, creative thinking tests, and assessing creative products.

Source: Innovation and change

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