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ERIC Number: EJ1237902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0175
Differences in Creative Problem-Solving Preferences across Occupations
Puccio, Gerard J.; Miller, Blair; Acar, Selcuk
Journal of Creative Behavior, v53 n4 p576-592 Dec 2019
FourSight theory contends that individuals show preferences for the mental operations rooted in the creative process. The four fundamental preferences measured by FourSight are Clarifiers, Ideators, Developers, and Implementers. The present study examined the extent to which certain occupations reflect a proclivity for these four creative-process preferences. Guided by Holland's theory of vocational choice, hypothesized relationships were formulated for the link between FourSight theory and 17 occupations. For example, it was predicted that those who work in finance would show a significant bias toward the Clarifier preference. Of the 17 hypothesized relationships between FourSight and occupation, statistical analysis of the FourSight preferences for 20,784 individuals showed support for 12 predictions and partial support for two of the hypothesized relationships. These findings clearly demonstrate that particular occupations engage specific creative-process preferences. Future investigations might wish to examine the degree to which the interaction between work and creative-thinking preferences predicts creative performance, satisfaction, stress, and turnover.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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