A Socratic Approach to Managing Creativity in Business
There has been considerable research on identifying antecedents of creativity and the determinants of organizational creativity but researchers are yet to develop an effective model for managing creativity within a traditional hierarchical management structure. It has been suggested that using the Socratic Method to create a learning environment within an organization is a way to foster creativity in an uncertain environment. In this context the Socratic Method is defined as a directed questioning technique to encourage critical thinking. This paper proposes that taking a Socratic approach to champion creativity will enable management to increase creativity in their teams, reviews the relevant literature to test support for this assumption and proposes a model to manage a Socratic Dialogue in a team environment.
Dennett, Philip Thomas, "A Socratic Approach to Managing Creativity in Business" (2014). Arts Book Chapters. Paper 35.