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
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: 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
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