2014 dates TBA


Course runs from 7:45am–12pm. Registration fee includes course materials, campus parking and continental breakfast.


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About the Program

In theory, work groups are more creative than individual efforts. However, in practice this is often not the case because it is difficult to access individuals’ knowledge perspectives in group settings. This course will help you to build cohesion and increase motivation and coordination in your work group. This will lead to much higher creative output and deliver increased productivity and results.


  • Discover what a successful creative team looks like and how to get your team to that state
  • Recognize the symptoms of groupthink in the decision process
  • Uncover how to bring out ideas in group settings
  • Understand how dissention can affect group settings
  • Gain applications to help your team feel comfortable in voicing opinions


  • Learn the perils and pitfalls of groupthink and how to avoid it in your team
  • Gain new tools for brainstorming production
  • Discover how to be a liberator of your group members opinions and bring multiple perspectives into the discussion
  • Move group discussion past common knowledge bring individual experience and ideas to the table


This program is appropriate for anyone who leads or participates in work teams.


Craig R. M. McKenzie is a professor in the Rady School of Management and in the UC San Diego Department of Psychology.

His interests revolve around inference, uncertainty and choice. Most of his recent research explains errors people purportedly make in the laboratory by adopting a different (usually Bayesian) normative approach to the task of interest and taking into account the typical structure of the natural environment. He argues that many errors are the result of people behaving as (qualitative) Bayesians who make reasonable assumptions about task parameters that reflect how the world usually works.

McKenzie has won research awards from the National Science Foundation, the Operations Research Society of America and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology in 1994 from the University of Chicago.

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