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Adaptors and Innovators: Styles of Creativity and Problem-solving

Adaptors and Innovators: Styles of Creativity and Problem-solving Book Selection MICHAEL J. KIRTON (Editor) Routledge, London, 1989. 234 pp. £35.00 ISBN 0 415 02424 2 People vary in their preference for evolutionary change within existing viewpoints or for free thinking beyond the current pattern. This preference is independent of the ability to solve prob- lems and, perhaps surprisingly, of the amount of creativity shown in the solution. Over 10 years ago, Michael Kirton developed an inventory measuring this preference and has now edited a collection of papers summarizing the substantial research using this measure. The research is unashamedly within the tradition of personality measurement (extroversion and all that) and there are many notes on correlation with other measures, e.g. of self-esteem. Obviously written for researchers in the field, this book is concerned to give a scientific demons- tration of points made and references to the original work. This, taken with the inevitable jargon, does not make for easy reading. However, the real problem is that the style of English is a strain to read. The first sentence will suffice as an example: 'More than for any other organism, at the core of the understanding of Homo Sapiens, is the study of the cognitive process at the command http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Operational Research Society Taylor & Francis

Adaptors and Innovators: Styles of Creativity and Problem-solving

Journal of the Operational Research Society , Volume 41 (8): 1 – Aug 1, 1990

Adaptors and Innovators: Styles of Creativity and Problem-solving

Journal of the Operational Research Society , Volume 41 (8): 1 – Aug 1, 1990

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Book Selection MICHAEL J. KIRTON (Editor) Routledge, London, 1989. 234 pp. £35.00 ISBN 0 415 02424 2 People vary in their preference for evolutionary change within existing viewpoints or for free thinking beyond the current pattern. This preference is independent of the ability to solve prob- lems and, perhaps surprisingly, of the amount of creativity shown in the solution. Over 10 years ago, Michael Kirton developed an inventory measuring this preference and has now edited a collection of papers summarizing the substantial research using this measure. The research is unashamedly within the tradition of personality measurement (extroversion and all that) and there are many notes on correlation with other measures, e.g. of self-esteem. Obviously written for researchers in the field, this book is concerned to give a scientific demons- tration of points made and references to the original work. This, taken with the inevitable jargon, does not make for easy reading. However, the real problem is that the style of English is a strain to read. The first sentence will suffice as an example: 'More than for any other organism, at the core of the understanding of Homo Sapiens, is the study of the cognitive process at the command

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright © 1990, Operational Research Society
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1476-9360
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0160-5682
DOI
10.1057/jors.1990.114
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Abstract

Book Selection MICHAEL J. KIRTON (Editor) Routledge, London, 1989. 234 pp. £35.00 ISBN 0 415 02424 2 People vary in their preference for evolutionary change within existing viewpoints or for free thinking beyond the current pattern. This preference is independent of the ability to solve prob- lems and, perhaps surprisingly, of the amount of creativity shown in the solution. Over 10 years ago, Michael Kirton developed an inventory measuring this preference and has now edited a collection of papers summarizing the substantial research using this measure. The research is unashamedly within the tradition of personality measurement (extroversion and all that) and there are many notes on correlation with other measures, e.g. of self-esteem. Obviously written for researchers in the field, this book is concerned to give a scientific demons- tration of points made and references to the original work. This, taken with the inevitable jargon, does not make for easy reading. However, the real problem is that the style of English is a strain to read. The first sentence will suffice as an example: 'More than for any other organism, at the core of the understanding of Homo Sapiens, is the study of the cognitive process at the command

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Published: Aug 1, 1990

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