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37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2004. Proceedings of the (2004)
Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 5, 2004 to Jan. 8, 2004
ISSN: 1530-1605
ISBN: 0-7695-2056-1
pp: 10029b
Eric L. Santanen , Bucknell University
Gert-Jan de Vreede , University of Nebraska and Delft University of Technology
ABSTRACT
This paper presents a variety of ways in which the effectiveness of four divergence thinkLets used to aid creative solution generation in a group support system environment can be measured and compared. A thinkLet is a codified facilitation technique that can be used to support a group collaboration process. In the first thinkLet, free brainstorming, four-member groups worked on their own without any form of external interaction. In the three subsequent thinkLets, the group interaction was "directed" by a facilitator who provided carefully constructed stimuli to similar four-member groups at specific timed intervals. The only difference between the directed thinkLets was the specific ordering of the stimuli set. A number of useful measurements that may be made during the course of comparing the relative effectiveness of these creativity thinkLets are discussed and compared within the context of a theoretical model. The differences among the various thinkLets are then used to offer advice for practitioners.
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CITATION

G. de Vreede and E. L. Santanen, "Creative Approaches to Measuring Creativity: Comparing the Effectiveness of Four Divergence thinkLets," 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2004. Proceedings of the(HICSS), Big Island, Hawaii, 2004, pp. 10029b.
doi:10.1109/HICSS.2004.1265093
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