Thematic Ideation - Antecedents and Consequences of Individuals' Thematic Similarity Recognition

Froehlich, Julia K.; Hoegl, M. (2012). Thematic Ideation - Antecedents and Consequences of Individuals' Thematic Similarity Recognition. Creativity and innovation management, 21(4), pp. 443-456. Blackwell Publishing 10.1111/caim.12007

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Work on thematic thinking, an individual’s preference for basing decisions and cognitive processes on thematic similarity, has been developed recently. These preferences also build the basis for idea generation (thematic ideation) and evaluation processes. Research results indicate that there are inter-individual differences in these preferences. We apply these findings from the field of cognition to the business context and theoretically develop and empirically test a set of antecedents and consequences of thematic thinking. Results indicate that experience and positive affect are positively related to thematic thinking. The consequences that were examined, adaptation and creativity, showed relations which were reverse to the ones hypothesized based on related prior literature. Counter-intuitively, adaptation is positively related to thematic thinking, while creativity is negatively related. We discuss theoretical and managerial implications and highlight avenues for future research on thematic thinking.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

de Groote, Julia Katharina

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0963-1690

Publisher:

Blackwell Publishing

Language:

English

Submitter:

Julia Katharina de Groote

Date Deposited:

25 Jun 2018 16:23

Last Modified:

26 Oct 2019 21:54

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/caim.12007

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.96492

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/96492

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