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Problem Solving Toolbox: Creative Thinking & Innovation

Creative Thinking & Innovation tool

Creative Thinking is both the capacity to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways and the experience of thinking, reacting, and working in an imaginative way characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking (Association of American Colleges and Universities, n.d.)

Success in any business means finding creative solutions to the challenges in the discipline.  Employees who have expertise in their career field and can push beyond boundaries to think in new and unique ways, experiment with new techniques, and take calculated risks to achieve solutions are highly valued by employers.

In this section you will find resources that help you combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways. References for how to think, react, and work; along with imaginative ways to reach a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking are included.

Source: Association of American Colleges and Universities. (n.d.) VALUE: Valid assessment of learning in undergraduate education. Retrieved from http://www.aacu.org/VALUE/rubrics/

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