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Five Routes to More Innovative Problem Solving

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This article explains how to use “flexible objects for generating novel solutions, or flexons, which provide a way of shaping difficult problems to reveal innovative solutions that would otherwise remain hidden. This approach can be useful in a wide range of situations and at any level of analysis, from individuals to groups to organizations to industries. To be sure, this is not a silver bullet for solving any problem whatever. But it is a fresh mechanism for representing ambiguous, complex problems in a structured way to generate better and more innovative solutions” (p. 2-3). Sections cover: the flexons approach--networks flexon, evolutionary flexon, decision-agent flexon, system-dynamics flexon, and information-processing flexon; putting flexons to work—reorganizing for innovation, and predicting the future.

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11 pages