If you've got some time by the fire this Christmas - or on a warm beach - consider reading up on Creative Problem Solving (CPS). The Osborn-Parnes framework is tried, tested and effective.
Here's a list of articles, books and practice resources to prime you for 2014:
Basadur, M.S. (2004). Leading others to think innovatively together: Creative leadership. Leadership Quarterly, 15, 103-121.
Basadur, M.S. (2003). Reducing complexity in conceptual thinking using challenge mapping. The International Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving. Vol. 13 (2), 5-7.
Basadur, Min S., Gelade, G., and Basadur, T.M. (2013). Creative problem solving process styles, cognitive work demands and organizational adaptability. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, vol. 50 (1), 78-113.
Basadur, M.S. and Basadur, T.M. (2011). Where are the generators? Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, Vol 5 (1), 29-42.
Basadur, M.S., Gelade, G., Basadur, T.M. and Skorokhod, T. (2009). Testing the predictive validity of the Basadur creative problem solving profile (CPSP). Published in the Proceedings of the Southwest Academy of Management Annual Meeting, February 25-28, 2009, Oklahoma City.
Basadur, M.S. and Gelade, G. (2005). Modeling applied creativity as a cognitive process: Theoretical foundations. The International Journal of Thinking & Problem Solving. Vol. 15 (2), 13-41.
Basadur, M.S. and Gelade, G. (2006). The role of knowledge management in the innovation process. Creativity and Innovation Management. Vol. 15 (1), 45-62. March 2006.
Basadur, M.S. and Gelade, G. (2003). Using the creative problem solving profile (CPSP) for diagnosing and solving real-world problems. Emergence: Journal of Complexity Issues in Organizations and Management. Vol. 5 (3), 22-47.
Basadur, M.S. and Head, M. (2001). Team performance and satisfaction: A link to cognitive style within a process framework. Journal of Creative Behavior, Volume 35 (4), 227-248.
Basadur, M.S., Runco, M.A. and Vega, L.A. (2000). Understanding how creative thinking skills, attitudes and behaviors work together: A causal process model. Journal of Creative Behavior, Vol. 34, (2), 77-100.
Basadur, M.S., Pringle, P.F., Speranzini, G. and Bacot, M. (2000) Collaborative problem solving through creativity in problem definition: Expanding the pie. Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 9 (1), 54-76.
Basadur, Tim, Beuk, F. and Monllor, J. (2010). Regulatory fit: How individuals progress through the stages of the creative process. Published in the proceedings of the Academy of Management (AOM) annual conference, August 11, 2010, Montreal.
Creative Education Foundation (2013) CPS Training Manual - Foundations of Applied Imagination. Buffalo, NY: Creative Education Foundation.
Creative Education Foundation (2013) Overview of Creative Problem Solving
Fraley, Gregg (2007) Jack’s Notebook. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
Fraley, Gregg (1997) interviews with Sid Parnes, a key figure in Creative Problem Solving formulation and dissemination. Available online here.
Fraley, Gregg, Kate Hammer and Indy Neogy (2012) “Anatomy of an Effective Front-End-of-Innovation Cycle,” Innovation Management portal online here.
Treffinger, Donald and others (2005) Creative Problem-Solving; An Introduction 4th Edition. Austin, TX: Prufrock Press.
Isaksen, Scott (1998) Transforming Dreams into Reality: The Power of Creative Problem Solving. Published in D. J. Treffinger & K. W. McCluskey (Eds.). Teaching for talent development, Center for Creative Learning. Available online here.
Isaksen, Scott (1995) CPS: Linking Creativity and Problem Solving. In Kaufmann, G., Helstrup, T., & Teigen, K. H. Problem solving and cognitive processes: A festschrift in honour of Kjell Raaheim (pp. 145-181). Available online here.
Isaksen, Scott and Donald Treffinger (2004) Celebrating 50 Years of Reflective Practice: Versions of Creative Problem Solving. Journal of Creative Behavior Vol 38, No 2, 75-101.
Isaksen, Scott, K. Brian Dorval and Donald Treffinger (2011) Creative Approaches to Problem Solving; A Framework for Innovation and Change, 3rd Edition London: Sage.
Osborn, Alex (1948, reprint 2013) Applied Imagination Buffalo, NY: Creative Education Foundation.
Parnes, Sidney, Ed. Creative Education Foundation (Dec 1992) Source Book for Creative Problem Solving : A Fifty Year Digest of Proven Innovation Processes. Buffalo, NY: Creative Education Foundation.
Puccio, Gerard J, Marie Mance and Mary Murdock (2011) Creative Leadership: Skills That Drive Change, 2nd Ed. London: Sage.
Puccio, Gerard, Roger L. Firestien, Christina Coyle and Cristina Masucci (2006) A Review of the Effectiveness of CPS Training: A Focus on Workplace Issues. Creativity and Innovation Management Vol 15, No 1: 19-33.
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