Creativity at Work

Creativity at Work is the name of the 2006 American Creativity Association's conference. This blog is established for presenters, keynoters, attendees, ACA members and the interested public to write about or comment on the presentations at the annual conference. Individuals wishing to post orginal material should contact the administrator.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Michael Beyerlein

Michael Beyerlein is Director of the Center for Collaborative Organizations and Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of North Texas. His research interests include all aspects of collaborative work systems, organization transformation, creativity/innovation, knowledge management and the learning organization, and science education. He has published in a number of research journals and has been a member of the editorial boards for TEAM Magazine, Team Performance Management Journal, and Quality Management Journal. Currently, he is senior editor of the Elsevier annual series Advances in Interdisciplinary Studies of Work Teams and the Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer Collaborative Work Systems series. He has authored or edited 18 books. His most recent are Guiding the journey to collaborative work systems: A Strategic Design workbook (2004) and Collaborative Capital (2005). He has been involved in projects at the Center for Collaborative Organizations (formerly, The Center for the Study of Work Teams) with such companies as Boeing, Shell, NCH, AMD, Intel, Raytheon, First American Financial, Westinghouse, and Xerox and with government agencies such as Veterans Affairs, DCMAO, EPA, and the City of Denton.

Tremendous untapped potential exists in the workplace. Each individual brings a great deal of mind and heart to the workplace that can be unleashed and multiplied through collaboration. Global competition looks like a serious challenge to the U.S. economy. To stay in the game, U.S. industry must lead in creativity and innovation. That depends on enabling creativity and collaborative creativity at work.

This presentation will share a set of ideas for doing this, including: (1) A culture of empowerment, commitment, and innovation; (2) Support system alignment; (3) Collaborative work designs; (4) Teams as sources of self-efficacy, group potency, & collective efficacy; (5) Energy through shared vision and hope; (6) Challenge that unleashes flow experience for the team; (7) A cascade of champions and models; and (8) A social perspective on creativity.

Director, Center for the Study of Work Teams
University of North Texas
(940) 565-2653


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