Creativity and Ethics: The Relationship of Creative and Ethical Problem-Solving

TitleCreativity and Ethics: The Relationship of Creative and Ethical Problem-Solving
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMumford, MD, Waples, EP, Antes, AL, Brown, RP, Connelly, S, Murphy, ST, Devenport, LD
JournalCreativity Research Journal
Volume22
Issue1
Pagination74-89
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10400419
Accession Number49146984
KeywordsCREATIVE , CRIME , DECISION , DEVIANT , DOCTORAL , ethics , Mental , PROBLEM , professional
AbstractThis study examines the relationship between creative thinking skills and ethical decision-making among scientists. The researchers asked 258 doctoral students in the health, biological, and social sciences to complete a measure of creative processing skills (e.g., problem definition, conceptual combination, idea generation) and a measure of ethical decision-making examining four domains: data management, study conduct, professional practices, and business practices. It was found that ethical decision-making in all four of these areas was related to creative problem-solving processes with late-cycle processes (e.g., idea generation and solution monitoring) proving particularly important. The implications of these findings for understanding the relationship between creative and deviant thought are discussed.
NotesMumford, Michael D. 1; Email Address: mmumford@ou.edu Waples, Ethan P. 2 Antes, Alison L. 1 Brown, Ryan P. 1 Connelly, Shane 1 Murphy, Stephen T. Devenport, Lynn D. 1; Affiliation: 1: University of Oklahoma. 2: University of Central Oklahoma.; Source Info: 2010, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p74; Subject Term: CREATIVE ability; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: DOCTORAL students; Subject Term: CRIME; Subject Term: MENTAL illness; Subject Term: CREATIVE thinking; Subject Term: DEVIANT behavior; Subject Term: DECISION making; Subject Term: PROFESSIONAL practice; Subject Term: PROBLEM solving; Number of Pages: 16p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1080/10400410903579619
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