Today’s workgroups need to be flexible, creative, and innovative to react swiftly to changing internal and external business environments. This is a real challenge when corporate cultures promote speed and cost-cutting measures. Yet a possible remedy exists to facilitate the cultivation of creativity within groups and that is through the use of mindfulness. This research sought to answer the question: In what way, if any, does mindfulness contribute to creativity within a workgroup? To explore this question, it was necessary to review three distinct areas within literature: creativity, mindfulness, and group process.
A 15-week, multi-methods study was developed based on existing research, most of which has been done within laboratory constructed designs. This study adapted the existing designs and applied them in a real world organizational setting. The research participants included members of an intact workgroup divided into a Treatment Group and Comparison Group. Individual and group creativity was assessed before and after a 5-week series of mindfulness training. The results indicated that the mindfulness training impacted creativity both in the moment and over time in most measures. Practical implications are offered for organizations to develop creative and innovative responses to business challenges.
|Commitee:||Hunter, Jeremy, Nemeth, Lorraine S., Rosenthal, Patrice E., Thatchenkery, Tojo|
|School:||Fielding Graduate University|
|Department:||The School of Human and Organization Development|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Cognitive flexibility, Creativity, Innovation, Insight, Mindfulness, Work groups|
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