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Diving Into the Process of Creating a Painting: An Exploratory Study of Problem Solving for Leaders
by Moriya, Dafna, Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2015, 187; 3663908
Abstract (Summary)

An Exploratory Study of Problem Solving for Leaders Drawing on the researcher's experience as an artist, art therapist, and Art Therapy educator, this exploratory study used Art Based Research to closely observe how (if at all) engagement in the process of the creation of a painting enhances leaders' problem solving in complex situations.

This study found that the Art Based procedure did, in this case, facilitate problem solving in a complex situation by allowing the leader to get in touch with a wider range of conscious and tacit or unconscious knowledge, capture experiential information, and look at the wide picture in one glance, with the art work mirroring the thinking process, serving as documentation, and reflecting changes in perspective.

Furthermore, the use of an introspective, systematic, Art Based approach to closely observe the creative process revealed that while in theory verbal metaphors differ from visual metaphors, and rational, logical thinking differs from intuition and imagination, in practice they were interwoven and constantly evolved and reconstructed each other, often resulting in what the researcher came to think about as idiosyncratic metaphors.

Besides its contribution to the field of leadership, by offering a new method for leaders who need new tools for dealing with the growing complexity of this world, this study offers a systematic method to look into the process of problem solving while creating a painting. It demonstrates the value of Art Based Research for closely observing individual thinking processes, and contributes a model for a systematic Art Based Research method.

Keywords: leaders, problem solving, creative process, art, painting, nonverbal, Art Based Research, Art Therapy, tacit knowledge, idiosyncratic, metaphor.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Melina, Lois Ruskai
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 76/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Art education, Social research, Entrepreneurship
Keywords: Art Based, Creative Prosess, Leader, Painting, Problem Solving, Tacit
Publication Number: 3663908
ISBN: 978-1-339-06840-4
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