Leaving the Beaten Tracks in Creative Work – A Design Theory for Systems that Support Convergent and Divergent Thinking

F. Müller-Wienbergen, O. Müller, S. Seidel, J. Becker, Journal of the Association for Information Systems (2011) 714--740.

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Existing knowledge is a vital prerequisite for creativity. I t provides a c entral source of inspiration for new ideas and determines the p athways a vailable f or c reative p roblem solving. N otwithstanding i ts indisputable r ole, knowledge may also compromise creativity. The human mind is prone to reproduce what it is used to, and the provision of e xplicit knowledge constitutes a potential inhibitor of imagination. Hence, IT s ystems supporting creative work have to support creative individuals by extending their personal knowledge while, at the same time, preventing them f rom merely walking down beaten tracks. In this article, grounded in theory on human cognition a nd literature on creativity s upport, we p ropose a design theory for I T s ystems that support b oth convergent and divergent thinking, that is, the central cognitive processes in creative work. We provide details on a p rototypical implementation, d iscuss an i llustrative c ase from the c reative i ndustries in or der to demonstrate the design's applicability, and outline plans for an empirical evaluation of the proposed design theory.
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Müller-Wienbergen F, Müller O, Seidel S, Becker J. Leaving the Beaten Tracks in Creative Work – A Design Theory for Systems that Support Convergent and Divergent Thinking. Journal of the Association for Information Systems. 2011;(11):714--740. doi:10.1016/S0006-3495(00)76637-9
Müller-Wienbergen, F., Müller, O., Seidel, S., & Becker, J. (2011). Leaving the Beaten Tracks in Creative Work – A Design Theory for Systems that Support Convergent and Divergent Thinking. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, (11), 714--740. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3495(00)76637-9
@article{Müller-Wienbergen_Müller_Seidel_Becker_2011, title={Leaving the Beaten Tracks in Creative Work – A Design Theory for Systems that Support Convergent and Divergent Thinking}, DOI={10.1016/S0006-3495(00)76637-9}, number={11}, journal={Journal of the Association for Information Systems}, author={Müller-Wienbergen, Felix and Müller, Oliver and Seidel, Stefan and Becker, Jörg}, year={2011}, pages={714--740} }
Müller-Wienbergen, Felix, Oliver Müller, Stefan Seidel, and Jörg Becker. “Leaving the Beaten Tracks in Creative Work – A Design Theory for Systems That Support Convergent and Divergent Thinking.” Journal of the Association for Information Systems, no. 11 (2011): 714--740. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3495(00)76637-9.
F. Müller-Wienbergen, O. Müller, S. Seidel, and J. Becker, “Leaving the Beaten Tracks in Creative Work – A Design Theory for Systems that Support Convergent and Divergent Thinking,” Journal of the Association for Information Systems, no. 11, pp. 714--740, 2011.
Müller-Wienbergen, Felix, et al. “Leaving the Beaten Tracks in Creative Work – A Design Theory for Systems That Support Convergent and Divergent Thinking.” Journal of the Association for Information Systems, no. 11, 2011, pp. 714--740, doi:10.1016/S0006-3495(00)76637-9.

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