Reativity, Innovation and Foresight in Action Part I

Creativity, Innovation, and Foresight in Action (Part 1)


Creativity, innovation, and foresight are closely connected concepts. This weeks reading from the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity introduced the connections between individual creativity, an organizations capacity for innovation, and the ability to predict coming trends and other important developments successfully. The systematic approaches to creativity overviewed in this chapter offer a wide variety of means to foster creativity, but the most important knowledge you can gain from this reading is the fact that creativity is not an unexplainable phenomenon or a mysterious process. Rather, creativity can be approached systematically in order to seek out opportunities for innovation, based on foresight.
For this Discussion, you will analyze how foresight, creativity, and innovation are separate, yet interrelated, concepts. To prepare for the Discussion, read Welcome to a World of Change: Life in the 21st century(Puccio, et al, 2011) and Moonshots for Management(Hamel, 2009). Also consider the tensions between innovation and creativity addressed in the article Institutionalizing Ethical Innovation in Organizations: An Integrated Causal Model of Moral Innovation Decision Processes”. Use this article as a foundation for evaluating creativity, foresight, and innovation within an ethical model.

Post by Day 7 of Week 1 by selecting an organization a it could be a company or even a division of a company a and describing a situation that demonstrates this organizations foresight, creativity, and innovation within an ethical model. Consider your own experience as well as observation. Your post should provide an analysis of how the organization demonstrated each of these separate concepts in an interrelated and ethical way. Next, analyze the situation you have presented in light of foresight, creativity, and innovation in one of the following ways:
Analyze how the situation you have presented reflects the workplace trends discussed by Puccio (2011) or,
Analyze how the management strategies discussed by Hamel (2009) inform the situation you presented.
Finally, after completing your analysis using one of the approaches above, evaluate whether the trends or strategies fit within an ethical model and provide examples to support your analysis.
General Guidance: Your initial Discussion post will typically be 2a 3 paragraphs in length as a general expectation/estimate

References Required

Schumacher, E.G., Wasieleski, D. M. (2013). Institutionalizing ethical innovation in organizations: An integrated causal model of moral innovation decision processes. Journal of Business Ethics, 113, 15a 37.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
This article investigates the conflict that sometimes occurs between creativity and ethics in business. The authors propose a model to understand and reconcile this conflict through an analysis of the interdependence of ethics and innovation.
Puccio, G. J., & Cabra, J. F. (2010). Organizational creativity: A systems approach. In J. Kaufmann & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity (pp. 145a 173). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity, 1st Ed. by Puccio, G. J., & Cabra, J. F. Copyright 2010 by Cambridge University Press. Reprinted by permission of Cambridge University Press-US-Books via the Copyright Clearance Center
Whenever an individual person undertakes a creative act or thought process, the number of factors that influence their creative process can be considerably large. Organizations, too, can be creative; how many factors do you think might influence a large and diverse group of people working together to be creative and achieve innovation at the level of the firm? This excerpt from The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity provides an overview of academic study of creativity and innovation at the organizational level.
Puccio, G. J., Mance, M., Switalski, L. B., & Reali, P. D. (2012). Welcome to the world of change: Life in the 21st century. In Creativity rising: Creative thinking and creative problem solving in the 21st century (pp. 13a 20). Buffalo, NY: ICSC Press.
Puccio, G. J., Mance, M., Switalski, L. B., & Reali, P. D. (2012). Welcome to the world of change: Life in the 21st century. In Puccio, G.J., Mance, M., Switalski, L.B. et al. (Eds.), Creativity Rising: Creative thinking and creative problem solving in the 21st century (1st Ed.), (pp. 51a 70). Buffalo, NY: ICSC Press. Copyright 2012 by ICSC Press. Reprinted by permission of Omniskills, LLC/ICSC Press
Many of us have probably felt frustrated that the world around us continues to change at an increasingly fast pace. A cell phone or tablet computer that was state of the art when purchased can be sadly out of date just one year later. The authors of this reading discuss the wide variety of changes we are experiencing today and explore how creative responses to the challenges presented by the rapid pace of change are necessary.
Hamel, G. (2009). Moonshots for management. Harvard Business Review, 87(2), 91a 98. Retrieved from 502ded68209602b62fec1adb81951e0d
Many philosophies of how to be an effective manager date back to the 19th century. While this long history lends richness to the foundations of management theory, Gary Hamel argues that the 21st century presents unique challenges to managers and that new visionary goals must be integrated into management best practices. Hamel presents 25 of these visionary goals and challenges todays managers to integrate them into their practice.