Group creativity [electronic resource] : innovation through collaboration / edited by Paul B. Paulus and Bernard A. Nijstad.

by Nijstad, Bernard Arjan, 1971- [editor.]Looking glass; Paulus, Paul B [editor.]Looking glass; ProQuest (Firm) [supplier.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Oxford, [England] ; Oxford University Press, 2003.Description: 1 online resource (346 pages) : illustrations.ISBN: 9781410609090.Subject(s): Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- Social aspects | Creative thinking -- Social aspects | Group problem solvingLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and index. Online access: Read this e-book from ProQuest
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Group Creativity explores the unique form of creativity that emerges from collaborating groups. Dr. Sawyer draws on his studies of jazz ensembles and improvisational theater groups to develop a model of creative group processes. He applies this model of group creativity to a wide range of collaborating groups, including group learning in classrooms and innovative teams in organizations.

In group creativity, a group comes together to collaboratively create in real time. The creative inspiration emerges from the interaction and communication among the members, and makes the result more than the sum of its parts. The dynamic, moment-to-moment communication among jazz musicians and improvising actors is the primary topic of the book. Sawyer explores performers' close listening and sensitivity, the submerging of the ego to the group mind, and the ways that performers work together to create something better than and different from what one solitary individual could create alone. These explorations provide insight into all forms of group creativity and collaboration.

Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • Jamming in Jazz and Improv Theater
  • Interaction and Emergence: An Interactional Semiotics
  • Group Creativity and the Arts
  • Group Creativity as Mediated Action
  • Degrees of Improvisation in Group Creativity
  • Collective Ideation: Creativity, Teamwork, and Collaboration.

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Sawyer (Washington Univ., St. Louis) takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of group creativity and improvisational process. Initially focusing on improvised performance genres (small-group jazz and improvisational theater), he defines five characteristics of group creativity: process, unpredictability, intersubjectivity, complex communication, and emergence. He then proposes a "model of group creativity" that draws on ideas from many disciplines--semiotics, sociolinguistics, and sociocultural psychology, to name a few. He describes this model as an "interactional semiotics" that focuses on the interactive processes that take place between the members of a creative group rather than on the products created by those members. Although the book is interesting and well written, and provides an excellent introduction to the subject, Sawyer's strict focus on improvisational process (rather than on the products of said improvisation) keeps the proceedings in the realm of the abstract. A more interesting approach might be to show the relationship between improvisational process and improvised product; that is, how the interactions between the members of the group affect each individual member's improvisation. In addition, many of Sawyer's statements betray a limited understanding of small-group jazz performance practice. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Comprehensive collections; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. D. Hodson Hope College