Thinking Outside the Box–Literally

Image by Paul Lim*

We’ve all heard the advice, “Think outside the box,” but now, thanks to a team of researchers, the cliché takes on a whole new, literal meaning. In a Times op-ed piece, three scholars of management and organizations—two from the University of Michigan, one from New York University (NYU)—reveal their compelling new findings about creativity. The writers indicate a direct correlation between people’s physical experiences and their ability to come up with fresh ideas and solutions.

Continue reading

How to Succeed in Business by Really Trying (and Imagining)

Share

Image by bhlogiston*

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a New York Times article that discusses the ways in which several graduate business schools are attempting to integrate creativity and critical thinking into their curricula. We can now happily add the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business to the list! An article by Terry Kosdrosky for the Ross School’s Web site spotlights “Leading Creativity and Innovation,” a popular course taught by Professor Jeff DeGraff. Kosdrosky explains,

“With corporate budgets tight and customers ever more demanding, C-level executives are looking for self-starting leaders with imagination—the kind of imagination that transcends expectations.”

Indeed! So how does DeGraff’s course respond to this pressing need in the business world? Continue reading