ORG 4080: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving


Explore the process of creative thinking, as well as the barriers that may inhibit creative approaches. This course focuses on strategies for leveraging creative thinking in order to develop strategic innovations or to solve complex problems in organizations.


  1. Identify the benefits of employing creative thinking processes in an organization.
  2. Apply creative thinking and problem-solving theories to real-world situations.
  3. Compare the values, behaviors, and outcomes of creative thinking approaches with status quo patterns.
  4. Develop strategies to overcome the barriers that inhibit creative thinking.
  5. Identify leadership strategies for creating an organizational culture that embraces and sustains creative thinking practices, both for problem-solving and strategic innovation.
  6. Identify leadership strategies for facilitating collaborative processes that innovate and solve complex problems.
  7. Apply creative thinking principles to develop persuasive arguments that employ legal, moral, and aesthetic reasoning.
  8. Create a procedure to foster creative thinking in a real-world organization.





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