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Conceptual Blockbusting

Author : James L. Adams
ISBN : 0201550865
Genre : Concepts
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We all run up against mental blocks, and there’s no better map for getting around them than Conceptual Blockbusting . This proven and popular book is packed with eye-opening exercises and original thought problems that will stretch your mind. Whether you’re a student or a teacher, an artist or an executive, you need to think flexibly and creatively.
Category: Concepts

Conceptual Blockbusting

Author : James L. Adams
ISBN : 9781541674059
Genre : Self-Help
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A thoroughly revised edition of the classic on creativity, essential for individuals and teams who want to think outside the box. Some people are naturally creative and others aren't, right? Wrong. In this classic book on creativity, James Adams takes a unique approach to generating ideas and solving problems that has captivated, inspired, and guided thousands of people from all walks of life to new heights of creativity-whether you are a writer with writers block, or a businesswoman struggling to come up with a new organizational structure. More than three decades after its original publication, Conceptual Blockbusting has never been more relevant, powerful, or fresh. Integrating insights from the worlds of psychology, engineering, management, art, and philosophy, Adams identifies the key blocks (perceptual, emotional, cultural, environmental, intellectual, and expressive) that prevent us from realizing the full potential of our fertile minds. Employing unconventional exercises and other interactive elements, Adams shows individuals, teams, and organizations how to overcome these blocks, embrace alternative ways of thinking about complex problems, and celebrate the joy of creativity. Completely revised and updated with the latest cognitive science and addressing new subjects such as changes in technology, creativity in large groups, and sustaining creativity over time, Conceptual Blockbusting will introduce a new generation of readers to a world of new possibilities.
Category: Self-Help

Conceptual Blockbusting

Author : James L. Adams
ISBN : 0393950166
Genre : Psychology
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Reissued at a popular price, here is the map around mental blocks--with more than 200,000 copies sold. "Anymore who reads his fine book will be richly rewarded".--Donald Peterson, Chairman, Ford Motor Company. Illustrated.
Category: Psychology

Design Research In Information Systems

Author : Alan Hevner
ISBN : 1441956530
Genre : Business & Economics
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It is 5 years since the publication of the seminal paper on “Design Science in Information Systems Research” by Hevner, March, Park, and Ram in MIS Quarterly and the initiation of the Information Technology and Systems department of the Communications of AIS. These events in 2004 are markers in the move of design science to the forefront of information systems research. A suf cient interval has elapsed since then to allow assessment of from where the eld has come and where it should go. Design science research and behavioral science research started as dual tracks when IS was a young eld. By the 1990s, the in ux of behavioral scientists started to dominate the number of design scientists and the eld moved in that direction. By the early 2000s, design people were having dif culty publishing in mainline IS journals and in being tenured in many universities. Yes, an annual Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS) was established in 1991 in conju- tion with the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and grew each year. But that was the extent of design science recognition. Fortunately, a revival is underway. By 2009, when this foreword was written, the fourth DESRIST c- ference has been held and plans are afoot for the 2010 meeting. Design scientists regained respect and recognition in many venues where they previously had little.
Category: Business & Economics

Conceptual Blockbusting

Author : James L. Adams
ISBN : 0393950166
Genre : Psychology
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Reissued at a popular price, here is the map around mental blocks--with more than 200,000 copies sold. "Anymore who reads his fine book will be richly rewarded".--Donald Peterson, Chairman, Ford Motor Company. Illustrated.
Category: Psychology

Introduction To Landscape Design

Author : John L. Motloch
ISBN : 0471352918
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 40.28 MB
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Outstanding explorations of design concepts, principles, and processes This Second Edition of Introduction to Landscape Design offers even broader coverage of the environmental, human, technological, and aesthetic issues associated with landscape design than the first edition. Beginning with the way we perceive, manage, and design the landscape, it moves on to explore the forces that influence land design. An overview of landscape management, planning, and design includes a discussion of the roles and integration of the professions involved, modes of professional practice, and site scale design processes. The book explores the ecology of design and the integration of land design decisions into dynamic systems. This fully updated new edition: * Presents landscape design as a synergism of art and science * Addresses the interplay between buildings and sites * Provides insights into the breadth of people-environment relationships * Places special emphasis on our growing understanding of interrelationships between the landscape and human decisions A superb introduction for students as well as a useful reference for practicing professionals, this book is an excellent guide for anyone who wants to develop a better understanding of landscape design.
Category: Architecture

The Geometry Of Strategy

Author : Robert W. Keidel
ISBN : 9781135838263
Genre : Business & Economics
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To excel in today’s exacting world, organizations need to combine strategic planning and strategic thinking. Strategic planning is a formal activity carried out periodically by top managers, but it is vulnerable to change. Strategic thinking is an informal activity that occurs intermittently throughout an organization, but it tends to be non-cumulative. Keidel offers a framework for integrating strategic planning and strategic thinking that leverages the strengths of both. The key to his work is the application of simple geometric forms—especially, 2x2 grids and triangles—that help organizational leaders and strategists structure their thinking and planning. Keidel introduces four strategic categories—persona (organizational identity), performance (what is measured), puzzle (dilemmas that are faced), and pattern (how to compete, grow, & organize). Each category matches a specific geometry of thinking—point, linear, angular, and triangular. The payoff? A novel way to develop strategy, as well as a set of conceptual lenses for "reading" any other organization’s strategy—or any strategic argument. Keidel’s work is illustrated with case studies from his own consulting practice and grounded in the theoretical literature underlying the various geometries of thinking. This book will be a valuable resource for managerial and executive education in strategy, as well as a provocative reading for organizational strategy consultants and thoughtful practitioners.
Category: Business & Economics

Sourcebook Of Family Theory And Research

Author : Vern L. Bengtson
ISBN : 9781452279107
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations, the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research is the reference work on theory and methods for family scholars and students around the world. This volume provides a diverse, eclectic, and paradoxically mature approach to theorizing and demonstrates how the development of theory is crucial to the future of family research. The Sourcebook reflects an interactive approach that focuses on the process of theory building and designing research, thereby engaging readers in "doing" theory rather than simply reading about it. An accompanying Web site, http://www.ncfr.org/sourcebook, offers additional participation and interaction in the process of doing theory and making science.
Category: Family & Relationships

Leaders And Managers

Author : James G. Hunt
ISBN : 9781483153414
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 72.81 MB
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Leaders and Managers: International Perspectives on Managerial Behavior and Leadership focuses on research on managerial behavior and leadership, with emphasis on present and future trends as well as the need to identify an interdisciplinary point of view in the study of leadership. Composed of 24 chapters, the book discusses leadership and management, and at times puts little emphasis on the differences of both subjects for they are often used interchangeably. The book takes a look at the position in which functionalism can be used as an approach in studying leadership. The text also presents research methodologies that are deemed helpful in studying managerial behavior. The role of organizational leaders and the problems related with efficiently carrying out order in organizations are highlighted. Different types of research models on leadership are also discussed. The book is valuable to those involved in studying leadership and management, particularly in organizations in which these two entities can be essential factors in their advancement.
Category: Business & Economics

The Mba Companion

Author : Paul Dainty
ISBN : 9781137232779
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 20.16 MB
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The Palgrave Student Companions offer undergraduates an innovative and highly designed one-stop print resource that provides essential information about the subject - and the course - they've chosen to study. Each one addresses the core components of study at degree level, covering basic study skills specific to the subject, key terms and concepts, influential theorists and theories, major studies and methodological approaches, comprehensive overviews of what to expect from the course and the most common and popular topic areas and modules, lots of guidance regarding further reading, useful websites to visit, etc. At once friendly and authoritative in tone, the aim is to support the student throughout their degree. They encourage the reader to think about study skills alongside the substantive content of their course, offer guidance on module and career choices, and act as an invaluable source book and reference that they can return to time and again. The format of the books offers the multiple access points, cross-referencing, snappy presentation and web guidance that will appeal to a new generation of students - while still offering the stamp of academic quality. The MBA Companion gives the student everything they need between two covers. It tells them what to expect from their MBA and how to get the most out of their time studying. It also serves as an excellent reference book which can be referred to again and again during their degree. With contributions from some of the leading experts this will give students a great head start.
Category: Business & Economics