This Ph.D. seminar focuses on the antecedents to idea generation within formal and informal organization settings. The readings explore structural configurations, team designs, and work processes that put individuals with different types of information and ideas in contact with one another. The logic of the course is as follows: We begin by considering innovation as the recombination of information into new ideas. We then examine cognitive and structural perspectives on idea generation and creativity. Next, we interrogate the structural perspective to uncover diverse network configurations useful for team design. Finally, we examine what communication and interaction processes are effective for generating ideas once teams are assembled.
The course is not intended for master’s students. First year PhD students without any background in the behavioral sciences may want to wait until their second year before taking this course.