Creative approaches to measuring creativity: Comparing the effectiveness of four divergence thinkLets

Eric L. Santanen, Gert Jan De Vreede

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This paper presents a variety of ways in which the effectiveness of four divergence thinkLets used to aid creative solution generation in a group support system environment can be measured and compared. A thinkLet is a codified facilitation technique that can be used to support a group collaboration process. In the first thinkLet, free brainstorming, four-member groups worked on their own without any form of external interaction. In the three subsequent thinkLets, the group interaction was "directed" by a facilitator who provided carefully constructed stimuli to similar four-member groups at specific timed intervals. The only difference between the directed thinkLets was the specific ordering of the stimuli set. A number of useful measurements that may be made during the course of comparing the relative effectiveness of these creativity thinkLets are discussed and compared within the context of a theoretical model. The differences among the various thinkLets are then used to offer advice for practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberCLMEC04
Pages (from-to)439-448
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - 2004
EventProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Big Island, HI., United States
Duration: Jan 5 2004Jan 8 2004

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  • General Computer Science

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