Team creativity: Cognitive processes underlying problem solving

Mackenzie Harms, Victoria Kennel, Roni Reiter-Palmon

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6 Scopus citations


Creative cognition is a critical aspect of creative problem solving for both teams and individuals, but the cognitive processes underlying creativity have received more attention at the individual than the team level. This chapter focuses on early- and late-stage cognitive processes that have currently received less attention in the team creativity literature: problem construction and idea evaluation and selection. Problem construction aims to clarify problem ambiguity through restating and redefining a problem and identifying goals and parameters for consideration prior to solution generation. Idea evaluation and selection occurs after idea generation and refers to the evaluation of ideas with respect to specific standards, goals, or ideals, and the selection of ideas for pursuit in implementation. Additional research for team problem construction and team idea evaluation and selection is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTeam Creativity and Innovation
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780190222093
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Creative problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Idea evaluation
  • Idea selection
  • Innovation
  • Problem construction
  • Teams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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