Lecture9_Nov14_2005 - EMP5100 Introduction to Engineering...

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EMP5100 - Introduction to Engineering Management Lecture 9 8. Creativity and Inventiveness Creativity is basically to produce new and interesting results from nature. Top age 30-35 years: mathematicians and physicists 35-40 years: experimental physicists (incl. engineering) 40-45 years: medical/biological and medical scientists The settings: should be balanced. Not too little, not too much… How we evaluate the creativity? Journal publications Patents Books 8.2 Four principles to guide… Encourage an environment that promotes change and creative ideas Encourage individual creativity and promote the factors that trigger it Be a good listener Give Recognition for personal achievements (See hand-out) Methods Brainstorming technique (group) Brainstorming is the name Alex Osborn (author of the much quoted book, Applied Imagination) gives the uninhabited group approach to idea getting. Brainstorming sessions are always less that 1 hour or often as short as 15 minutes. Best results seem to come when 8-12 people participate – people with similar interest but they vary backgrounds. The goal of the session is to get at least 50 ideas per session.
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