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Presenting a paper on Polyphonic Imagination at the Innovation Week in Geneva, Webster University

Have you wondered what characterizes the creative knowledge processes in groups working with developing innovative ideas? Well, look no further! The answer is: Polyphonic Imagination! This is a multivoiced stimulation of fantasy in groups - and this is enabled in a group climate with curiosity, openness, and respect.. Read more: Ness, I. J., & Søreide, G. E. (2014). The Room of Opportunity: Understanding phases of creative knowledge processes in innovation. Journal of Workplace Learning, 26(8), 545-560. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JWL-10-2013-0077 Ness, I. J., & Riese, H. (2015). Openness, curiosity and respect: Underlying conditions for developing innovative knowledge and ideas between di

How do leaders facilitate creative processes in multidisciplinary groups?

Are you a leader in an organization? Or are you perhaps a teacher aiming to orchestrate your classroom in a way that stimulates creativity? Research on how creativity can be facilitated shows that - in order to enable innovative idea development in multidisciplinary groups, the leaders facilitated the creative processes through what I have chosen to call “Polyphonic Orchestration”. By this, I refer to the way the leaders stimulated imagination and the development of innovative ideas by paying attention to the polyphony in diverse experiences and by encouraging various roles among the group members. Read more: Ness, I. J., & Søreide, G. E. (2014). The Room of Opportunity: Understanding phases

How do multidisciplinary groups build innovative ideas across boundaries?

Have you ever wondered why cross-disciplinary work is so difficult? We all know that harvesting the knowledge of many different people can help us to develop more innovative ideas. The typical traditional "silo-thinking" can inhibit finding new solutions in which we utilize braoder knowledge from differente people. Still, it is easier said than done. SO; how can cross-disciplinary group work succeed?? In study two, main findings indicated that when group members from different disciplines constructed a common knowledge platform during the development of innovative ideas they required the ability to recognize and build on each other's competences. This process is aided by openness, curiosity,

What characterizes creative knowledge processes in multidisciplinary groups working with developing

As a researcher I thrive in settings in which I can explore creativity and innovation and how people interact and learn in various contexts. Parts of my reserach focus has been on Organizational creativity - which is a precondition of innovation. Consequently, organizational creativity is a field that is becoming more and more important in organizations aiming to survive and thrive in our complex knowledge society. Organizational creativity can be defined as “the creation of a valuable, useful new product, service, idea, procedure, or process by individuals working together in a complex social system” (Woodman, Sawyer, & Griffin, 1993, p. 293). Further, in this thesis creativity is understoo


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