Problem Solving and Creativity



The focus of this course is on creativity and associated design thinking techniques. We will examine the role of creativity in the innovation process, and explore the benefits of knowledge diversity. We will explore how to draw insight from different knowledge domains to identify important questions whose answers can be a source of value, and to develop novel approaches to problem solving. In addition to practical exercises to understand the tools and techniques that foster value-added creativity and innovation, we will discuss recent research from a number of academic domains. Among others, we will explore the role of leadership and team work in the creative endeavor, as well as the fundamental elements of design thinking. Since the course includes several experiential components, it is not feasible to take this course without committing to attending all classes.