ERIC Number: EJ1062581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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Linear and Nonlinear Thinking: A Multidimensional Model and Measure
Groves, Kevin S.; Vance, Charles M.
Journal of Creative Behavior, v49 n2 p111-136 Jun 2015
Building upon previously developed and more general dual-process models, this paper provides empirical support for a multidimensional thinking style construct comprised of linear thinking and multiple dimensions of nonlinear thinking. A self-report assessment instrument (Linear/Nonlinear Thinking Style Profile; LNTSP) is presented and preliminarily tested across three studies with an overall sample of 778 respondents comprised of business students and managers. The results indicate that nonlinear thinking style consists of seven distinct, yet interrelated dimensions: intuition, creativity, values, imagination, flexibility, insights, and emotions. Convergent and discriminant validity estimates vis-à-vis a multidimensional creative thinking index and an emotional intelligence measure provide support for further development of the instrument. The implications of these results for future managerial cognition research are discussed, as well as potential practical applications of the LNTSP for management education and business practice.
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Measures (Individuals), Measurement Techniques, Business Administration Education, College Students, Creative Thinking, Administrators, Emotional Intelligence, Intuition, Creativity, Values, Imagination, Emotional Response, Adjustment (to Environment), Thinking Skills, Problem Solving
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