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Creative Thinking Ability, Cognitive Type and R&D Performance

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the contributions of creative thinking ability and cognitive type to research and development (R&D) performance. One hundred and six researchers in an R&D institute of a petroleum company in Taiwan were given the Circle Test of the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Their R&D performance was measured in terms of assigned technical reports, completed service projects, published papers, and a supervisor’s performance rating. Results showed that there was a low but positive correlation between creativity and the first-authored paper and the technical report. The cognitive type was on the other hand associated with the performance rating and the first-authored service project assignment. Implications for R&D management are discussed.
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Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Management Science, Providence University, Shalu, Taichung, Taiwan, 2: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Publication date: 1999-07-01

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