by: Kirton, M.J.
Format: Paperback

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Product Description Adaption-Innovation is a timely and comprehensive text written for anyone who wants to know more about dealing with problem solving, thinking style, creativity and team dynamics.   In an age when teams have become critical to successful problem solving, Adaption-Innovation (A-I) theory is a model in this field, which aims to increase collaboration and reduce conflict within groups. A-I Theory and associated inventory (KAI) have been extensively researched and are increasingly used to assist teambuilding and personnel management. In the context of the management of diversity and change, Dr Kirton outlines the central concepts of the theory, including the processes of problem solving, decision making and creativity as well as explanatory concepts such as the paradox of structure; coping behaviour; the distinction between how teams collaborate on the common task and how teams manage their own diversity. In addition, Dr Kirton focuses on the positive side of managing a wide diversity within teams that has the potential to lead to the highest levels of problem solving, creativity and effective management of change. The book offers practical information for those helping diverse teams succeed in today's demanding climate. In this fresh context, leadership theory is explored, suggesting a new and interesting approach in use of different styles. For those working with diverse, problem solving teams managing complex change, this is a must have book. It will appeal to a broad range of people, from practitioners such as human resource managers, psychologists, business consultants, and group trainers, to academics studying and doing research in disciplines such as psychology, business, management, sociology, education and politics and the practical use of the hard sciences. *This reprint contains some new insights by Dr. Kirton into the theory. A small number of critical key changes have been made: a new diagram showing the difference between decision making and problem solving; some tightening of some sentences to show that leadership style should be treated as roles; the addition of the Glossary of Terms.   Review The need for scientists and engineers to understand how humans solve problems and the diverse ways in which they do so has never been greater. This rich and challenging book offers critical insights into the problem solving process and its key variables with a rigor that technically trained minds will find both appealing and impressive. It serves as a key reference in several of our graduate-level courses, including a 3-course module focused on problem solving, invention, and technical leadership. If you are looking for ways to understand and facilitate technological change to solve the increasingly complex problems of society, this book should be at the top of your reading list. – Dr. Kathryn W. Jablokow, FASME, Penn State University, Mechanical Engineering Developing our organization is critical to continued business vitality, and effective change management is the underlying focus in our daily work. KAI theory, explained richly and in depth by Dr. Kirton in Adaption-Innovation, provides clear insight into two distinct approaches to problem solving via the Adaptive (A) and Innovative (I) cognitive styles. Successfully managing and applying this diversity of style reaps great rewards and expedites positive organizational change and sustainability. – Charles Allen, Senior Vice President, Honda R&D Americas In these times of globalization and rapid change Kirton’s Adaption-Innovation (KAI) theory provides a framework that clearly explains the need for the changing roles of leadership including those in education, business and government. Along with acting as catalysis to changes in leadership paradigm, KAI provides methods of managing team problem solving diversity that result in more successful solutions for the problems plaguing the world today. – Dr. William H. Riffee, Dean of Pharmacy, Dr.


Product Code: 9780415298513
ISBN: 0415298512
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2003-07-24
Number of Pages: 416 pages
Languages: english
Edition: No Information
Dimension: 0.94 x 9.69 x 6.85 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds