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Creativity is a team sport: one overview about how teams really work

Teresa Amabile, Terri Kurtzberg in Creativity Research Journal, 2001

Collaboration
Communication
Wandering to a solution: the case for getting distracted

Benjamin Baird, Jonathan Smallwood, Michael D. Mrazek, Julia W. Y. Kam, Michael S. Franklin and Jonathan W. Schooler in Psychological Science, 2012

Prototype
Experiment
At its heart, design is really a way of learning

Sara L Beckman, Michael Barry in California Management Review, 2007

Synthesis
Learning
Why novelty is a must, not a maybe

Justin Berg in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2014.

Ideas
Prototype
Prototypes as conversation starters

Anders Berglund, Larry Leifer in Engineering Education, 2015.

Prototype
Collaboration
Craft
How alternating time alone and time together can improve group problem solving

Ethan Bernstein, Jesse Shore, David Lazer in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018

Collaboration
Communication
Handling things: the case for picking up objects

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1972.

Learning
Experiment
Craft
Your brain reserves a special place for empathy

Jackson Decety in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Reviews, 2004

Empathy
Why you should make more than one thing at a time

Steven P. Dow, Alana Glassco, Jonathan Kass, Melissa Schwarz, Daniel L. Schwartz, and Scott R. Klemmer in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction

Prototype
Making it quick: iteration works under a time crunch

Steven P. Dow, Kate Heddleston, Scott R. Klemmer, Creativity & Cognition, 2009

Prototype
Experiment
Craft
Spotting opportunity in the wild: how successful entrepreneurs notice opportunities

Jeffrey H. Dyer, Hal B Gregersen, Clayton Christensen in Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2008.

Communication
Collaboration
Experiment
Safety first! Interpersonal feelings affect team learning

Amy Edmonson in Administrative Science Quarterly, 1999

Communication
Collaboration
Homogeneous teams are reliable, multidisciplinary teams can increase breakthrough ideas

Lee Fleming in MIT Sloan Management Review, 2007

Ideas
Collaboration
How empathy influences creativity: deciding when empathy might matter

Sven Form and Christian Kaernbacha in Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 2018

Empathy
You can imagine yourself in the future for better insights now

Jens Förster, Ronald S. Friedman, Nira Liberman in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2004

Ideas
Ambiguity
Prototyping can affect both what you produce and how you feel during the creative process

Liz Gerber in Design Studies, 2011

Prototype
Experiment
Putting your ideas first: think alone, evaluate together

Karan Girotra, Christian Terwiesch, Karl T. Ulrich in Management Science, 2010

Ideas
Collaboration
Thinking about others helps you generate—and choose—better ideas

Adam Grant and James Berry in Academy of Management Journal, 2011

Empathy
Collaboration
A group effort: How building on each other’s ideas is good for synthesis and for great ideas

Sarah Harvey in Academy of Management Review, 2014

Ideas
Synthesis
Humans are analogy-making machines

Douglas Hofstadter in Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 2006.

Communication
Synthesis
Learning
Cognition takes place not just in our heads, but across people, objects, and machines.

James Hollan, Edwin Hutchins, and David Kirsh in Transactions on Computer Human Interaction, 2000.

Craft
Collaboration
Learning
Imitation may be the sincerest form of empathy: how our brains mirror others

Marco Iacoboni in Annual Review of Psychology, 2009

Empathy
Communication
Networks generate ideas too, not just individuals within them

Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 2010.

Ideas
Collaboration
Why learning by doing works so well

David Kolb, Pearson Education, Inc., 1984

Learning
Synthesis
Synthesis: looks like magic, works like logic

Jon Kolko in MIT Design Issues, 2010

Synthesis
Early feedback on the quality of an idea can predict its ultimate success

Laura Kornish and Karl T Ulrich in Journal of Marketing Research, 2014.

Prototype
Experiment
Unpacking the “aha” moment: how insight links to science

John Kounios and Mark Beeman in Annual Review of Psychology, 2014.

Ideas
Synthesis
Diversity is more than just combining our categories

Lau & Murnighan in The Academy of Management Review, 1998

Collaboration
Seeing things: how visualization increases the chance of a creative moment

Lee Martin & Daniel L. Schwartz in Visual Studies, 2014.

Prototype
Craft
Synthesis
Switching between tasks (and their goals) aids creativity

Nora Madjar, Christina E. Shalley in Journal of Management, 2008

Communication
Teams just aren’t what they used to be: redefining “teams” from fixed to fluid

Mark Mortensen, Martine R. Haas in Organization Science, 2018

Collaboration
Experiment
Take a hike: walking outside improves creative ideation

Marily Oppezzo, Daniel L. Schwartz in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 2014

Ideas
No such thing as “I’m just not creative:" you can learn to be more creative and it’s been measured

Sydney Parnes, Ruth Noller in Journal of Creative Behavior, 1972.

Learning
Ambiguity
Why a team that works together, should reflect together

Michaéla C. Schippers, Michael A. West, Jeremy F. Dawson in Journal of Management, 2012

Communication
Collaboration
Improvise and reflect: a unique theory of problem solving

Donald A. Schön, Basic Books, Inc., 1986

Craft
Experiment
Brainstorming’s benefits: not what you might think

Robert Sutton, Andrew Hargadon in Administrative Science Quarterly, 1996

Ideas
Collaboration
How reflection surfaces our next move

Rianne Valkenburg, Kees Dorst in Design Studies, 1998

Communication
Collaboration
Ambiguity
Empathizing: still a work in progress

Erika Weisz and Jamil Zaki in Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science, 2017

Empathy
Communication
A sense of purpose helps us “stick it out” through the boring parts of learning

David Yaeger, Angela Duckworth, et al. in Attitudes and Social Cognition, 2013

Learning
Ambiguity
Empathy beyond the brain: a motivation to take action

Jamil Zaki & Kevin Ochsner in Nature America, 2012

Empathy
Communication
Could designers one day use AI to help cluster ideas?

Chengwei Zhang, Youngwook Paul Kwon, Julia Kramer, Euiyoung Kim and Alice M. Agogino in Journal of Mechanical Design, 2017

Synthesis
Ideas
Assembling a team? In the future, you might ask your computer.

Sharon Zhou, Melissa Valentine, Michael S. Bernstein, in Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2018

Collaboration
Ambiguity
Keep it casual: informal feedback supports creativity

Jing Zhou in Applied Psychology, 1998

Communication
Collaboration
Craft
Emergent Diversity: a take on diversifying diversity in a team

Daan & Mell van Knippenberg, N. Julija in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2016

Collaboration
Empathy
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