Ellen West - Making a space for creativity in university business classes: voices from the field
Innovation, Creativity and Leadership – Research and PracticeCentre for Creativity in Professional Practice City University London – 13th June 2011 Making a Space for Creativity in University Business Classes: voices from the field Ellen West, Ph.D. School of Business Administration Portland State University Portland, Oregon USA
School of Business Administration Portland State University Portland, Oregon
Creativity is not something that has to be worked at, but something that is releasedautomatically when we are on the right path. Phillips.
Classes Currently Teaching• Organizational Design and Change• The Power of Soul and Spirit in Business• Developing Creativity and Innovation inBusiness
Questions: How might I weave aspects of creativity into my management classroom? What kind of art are business students capable of creating? What classroom conditions foster this kind of expression? How might I measure the effectiveness of this learning strategy?
Mgmt 445 – Organizational Design and Change Course Learning Objectives Become familiar with major OD interventions Become familiar with concept of organizational transitions Engage in active learning in order to illustrate change principles Develop ability to understand, analyze, & prescribe selected change interventions
Use of Active Learning Strategies“Learning is not a spectator sport”(Chickering and Gamson, 1987)
Bridges Interpretive Transitions Assignment• Ending – “Yesterday” – The Beatles• Neutral Zone – “River of Dreams” – Billy Joel or “Walking on Broken Glass” – Annie Lennox• Beginning – “Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow” –Fleetwood Mac
Sampling of Student Work• Films: Titanic; The Lion King; Gone with the Wind• Poetry• Salmon life cycle; life cycle of butterfly• Music• Photography• Painting
How can we further use art and creativity in class?• Construct models• Have more from each group like pictures, songs, and movies• Relate theories to music• Have innovation and creativity be part of the class culture• Look at before and after pictures to help visualize change inour lives• Dancing or live art demonstration• Bridges change stages Pictionary• As a way to describe feelings and convey emotions that onewould feel during a transition• Visit an art museum• Anything but papers
How were you creative? Make an ice cream Sunday Mix and matched my clothesCut my own hair Wrote stories Built a filter for a truck Created a prom outfit Made a scarf Planning an event for over A new way to keep track of my schedule 400 guests Tarot Cards Dressed up like a pirate Relaxed Developed ways to handle stress and manage This Project Henna tattoo and scribbled a galloping horse Given a presentation on high and low context culture Origami Designed something Dress people in different fashionsMade a gift Planned a vacation or trip
The Power of Soul and Spirit in BusinessSoul =Spirit =
Learning Objectives1. Understand current relevance of soul & 2. Develop spirit in the strategies workplace; for integrating soul & spirit into your life and workplace; 3. Critique one aspect of soul & spirit in the workplace
Lessons Learned/Reflections• Students respond positively when given creative opportunities• Things don’t always go as planned• Getting out of the way facilitates the process• Willing to take more risks in the classroom these days• Having a lot more fun• Students are great
Next Steps• Measuring impact through follow-upsurveys/interviews• Develop matrix of indicators• Establish support group/blog• Create entrepreneurship class• Assisting with CWLO efforts regarding “CreativeThinking”