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Group genius: the creative power of collaboration

By: Sawyer, R. Keith.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: 2007ISBN: 9780465071937.
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Creativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? Group Genius tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity, revealing that creativity is always collaborative-even when you're alone. Sharing the results of his own acclaimed research on jazz groups, theater ensembles, and conversation analysis, Keith Sawyer shows us how to be more creative in collaborative group settings, how to change organizational dynamics for the better, and how to tap into our own reserves of creativity.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: Beyond the Lone Genius (p. ix)
  • Part I The Collaborative Team
  • 1 The Power of Collaboration (p. 3)
  • 2 Improvising Innovation (p. 21)
  • 3 Group Flow (p. 39)
  • 4 From Groupthink to Group Genius (p. 59)
  • Part II The Collaborative Mind
  • 5 Small Sparks (p. 77)
  • 6 Collaboration over Time (p. 99)
  • 7 Conversation and the Mind (p. 127)
  • Part III The Collaborative Organization
  • 8 Organizing for Improvisation (p. 153)
  • 9 The Collaborative Web (p. 179)
  • 10 Collaborating with Customers (p. 203)
  • 11 Creating the Collaborative Economy (p. 219)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 227)
  • Notes (p. 229)
  • About the Author (p. 257)
  • Index (p. 259)