Cultivating Creativity: Innovative Thinking in the Workplace

Reach your potential by increasing creative behavior in individuals, teams, and organizations.


November 28, 2017

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$750 - Includes tuition, course materials, parking, catered breakfast, and lunch.


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About the Program

Creativity involves the generation of an idea that is both novel and useful. Because of fast changing technologies and increasingly competitive markets, companies are looking to workers at all levels and areas – not just in the traditionally creative areas of marketing and R&D – to come up with ideas that can be developed into innovative new products, services, processes, and solutions. Staying a step ahead of competitors often requires creative thinking, but so does responding to competitors quickly and, more generally, responding to an ever-changing environment.

Individuals, teams, and organizations are all creative to some extent, but there is always room for improvement. This course is about how all three can reach their creative potential. It is designed to (a) help you be more creative, (b) teach you how to manage teams so that they are more creative than members working alone, and (c) help you understand key design elements of organizations that lead to creative workers. Importantly, we will discuss themes of creativity that are common to individuals, teams, and organizations.

Module 1: How to increase your (and others’) creativity

  • Understand what creativity is, why it’s important, and how it relates to analytical thinking
  • The general problem – a tendency to focus on a small number of alternatives – can be overcome
  • New ideas are rooted in old ideas, so increasing breadth and depth of knowledge is crucial
  • Learn methods for accessing that vast knowledge base in your head
  • increasing creativity requires overcoming many natural tendencies – i.e., it’s hard work
  • Understand the relation between creativity and good decision making

Module 2: How to increase team and organizational creativity

  • Teams can be result in more creativity than individuals working alone, but they must be actively managed
  • Natural group and organizational processes work against creativity
  • Learn how to build teams and organizations that have the most creative potential
  • Learn how to access and harness diverse opinions and perspectives in groups and organizations
  • Understand key organizational design elements that increase creative behavior


Craig R. M. McKenzie is a Professor of Management and Strategy and Professor of Psychology at the Rady School of Management.

McKenzie's 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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