Core Module Information:

Taught by:

Delivery method:

Dr Sarah Harvey
MSc Management, MSI MRes/PhD, MSI PGT affiliate students only
Term 1
3-hour lecture (x 10 weeks)
30% individual assignment; 60% group assignment; 10% oral presentation of class material

Success in today's organisational environment requires new ways of thinking. To cope with increasingly ambiguous and complex demands in knowledge focused organisations, individuals need to be able to generate many solutions, adapt, and critically assess alternatives. This course is designed to help students develop these skills by presenting students with a variety of challenging activities and tasks.

Specifically, the course aims to identify the role and importance of creativity and critical thinking in organisations, discuss the factors that drive individual and group creative and critical thinking and identify how to apply creative and critical thinking skills to a variety of organizational and industry contexts.

By the end of this course students will be able to leverage creative and critical thinking skills to stimulate new ideas and mobilize support for their development in a variety of organizational contexts. This will require an understanding of:

  • The psychological principles of problem solving and creativity
  • The relationship between creativity, problem solving, and organizational performance
  • How to generate and identify creative ideas
  • The importance of nurturing individual creative and critical thinking through organizational processes and environments
  • The role of teams in organizational performance and the processes that enable groups to work effectively together
  • The processes that enable groups to work effectively together
  • How the organizational environment can support or restrict creativity
  • Creativity & problem solving
  • Link between creativity and strategy
  • Individual creative thinking skills
  • Conditions for individual creativity
  • Seeing different perspectives
  • Working effectively in creative teams
  • Group dynamics
  • Communicating and selling ideas
  • Creative leadership
  • Creative organizational design and culture

60% of your final grade will be based on a group project due at the end of the term. 30% of your grade will be based on an individual case-based assignment. The remaining 10% of your grade will be based on your in class demonstration of course knowledge.

Please see the detailed reading list in the full course outline.