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Basadur, M.S., Wakabayashi, M. and Graen, G.B. (1990). Individual problem solving styles and attitudes towards divergent thinking before and after training. Creativity Research Journal, Vol. 3 (1), pp 22-32.
A field experiment was conducted to examine the mediating effect of individual creative problem-solving style on the impact of training in creative thinking. This intensive hands-on training emphasized a specific three-phase process which synchronizes divergence and convergence in problem-finding, problem-solving, and implementation. Two attitudes associated with divergent thinking were measured before and after training. The sample was comprised of a mixture of organizational members representing both managers (n = 90) and non-managers (n = 66) and a variety of functional specialities, hierarchical levels, and types of business organizations. The most significant finding was that the optimizer style of creative problem-solving improved more that the other three styles (generator, conceptualizer, and implementer) on measures of both creative thinking attitudes.< Return to List