How do we think creatively and innovatively, and apply it to our work?
All too often, we teach students to be facile with technology and with business, but we don't really teach them how to "think different."
This course will explore the fundamentals of creative thinking and the development and application of innovative solutions to problems, as well as how innovative ideas create opportunities in a competitive marketplace.
The course will focus on:
- self-assessments of how each of us view innovation, and what our role in the innovation process is;
- the innovation "skill set" that everyone needs;
- how we think and make decisions, and how we can be more creative at both;
- innovation leadership, applied to the self, others, and the team;
- culture and innovation, and how to realize and use different backgrounds and approaches;
- communicating innovation: getting others "on board;"
- the metrics of innovation: just because it's innovative doesn't mean that it's good.
- Students will understand the difference between innovation and mere improvement;
- Students will understand how to think creatively, with tools and techniques that they will be able to apply throughout their careers;
- Students will be introduced to how the innovation process is viewed differently from culture to culture;
- Students will learn to apply "everyday innovation" as a way of looking at things ontologically.
Books, Readings, Media
I use a lot of media in my classes, and most everything is available from the online (and probably offline) retailer of your choice. You will of course find a complete list of the books and media used on the "Books & Media" page. If you like, you can also look at the "Innovation+Technology Stuff" page in my Amazon Store, and you'll see a brief review of everything I find pertinent including, of course, the required texts.
Let me repeat the disclaimer I have on the "stuffChrislikes" page: Anything you buy through stuffChrislikes (the name of my Amazon Store) doesn't cost you any more -- in fact, you get the usual big Amazon savings -- but yes, I do make money from your purchase since I'm part of the Amazon Associates Program. It probably doesn't make any difference to you, but in the interests of full disclosure, I thought that I should let you know. If for any reason that bothers you, please just read the review and then buy whatever you need somewhere else. I won't know what you buy or don't buy (if that worries you) since Amazon doesn't share that data.