Creativity for engineers [electronic resource] /B. S. Dhillon.Material type: BookPublisher: Singapore ; Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific Pub. Co., c2006Description: 1 online resource.ISBN: 9789812707277 (electronic bk.); 9812707271 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Creative ability in technology -- Economic aspects | Creative thinking | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial TechnologyGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.DDC classification: 338.064 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Introduction. 1.1. The need for creativity in engineering. 1.2. Creativity and innovation history. 1.3. Engineering history. 1.4. Creativity-related facts and figures. 1.5. Terms and definitions. 1.6. Creativity myths, observations, and the role of innovation in organizations. 1.7. Useful information on creativity and innovation. 1.8. Scope of the book -- 2. Engineering : an introduction. 2.1. Introduction. 2.2. The difference between science and engineering. 2.3. Engineering today and engineering disciplines. 2.4. Engineering design process. 2.5. The technological team. 2.6. The needs, functions, and qualities of an engineer. 2.7. Engineering manager's functions and qualities. 2.8. The ethical and legal factors
3. Famous engineering inventions, inventors, and inventing. 3.1. Introduction. 3.2. Famous engineering inventions. 3.3. Famous engineering inventors. 3.4. Inventing procedure. 3.5. Inventors' characteristics, motives, and marital status. 3.6. Obstacles and pitfalls of inventors -- 4. Creativity in organizations. 4.1. Introduction. 4.2. Factors for the decline in corporate creativity, factors driving the need for creativity in organizations, and organizational creativity and innovation supporting characteristics. 4.3. Elements of an innovative organization. 4.4. Problem-solving and creativity processes. 4.5. Sources and tips for innovative ideas and broad sources of information useful to creative engineers
5. Creativity management and manpower creativity. 5.1. Introduction. 5.2. Managing, selecting, and retaining creative people. 5.3. Tasks of key professionals in innovative companies. 5.4. Good creativity management qualities, guidelines and interventions for managers to improve organizational innovation. 5.5. Steps for increasing a manager's own creativity and practical guidelines for creative thinking using memory. 5.6. Creative group characteristics and characteristics of a creativity encouraging leader. 5.7. Characteristics of a creative individual, engineer, scientist, entrepreneur and characteristics of a noncreative person. 5.8. A successful inventor's characteristics' frequency and personal rewards to engineers practicing disciplined creativity -- 6. Creativity methods. 6.1. Introduction. 6.2. General creativity methods. 6.3. Creativity methods for application in engineering.
7. Creativity measurement and analysis. 7.1. Introduction. 7.2. Metrics for determining innovative companies' performance. 7.3. A formula for predicting creative ideas. 7.4. Fault tree analysis (FTA). 7.5. Control charts. 7.6. Cause and effect diagram. 7.7. Probability tree analysis. 7.8. Creativity improvement with parallel redundancy. 7.9. Time-dependent creativity analysis with Markov method
8. Creativity climate. 8.1. Introduction. 8.2. Variables influencing peoples' perception of the working climate, examples of changes in the total environment influencing innovation, and key reasons for organizations to foster creativity and innovation. 8.3. Organization's creative culture attributes. 8.4. Creative climate dimensions and creative work environment determinents. 8.5. Steps for fostering creative environment in companies and guidelines for managing team members that foster creative work climate. 8.6. Tips for facilitating in a "cold" organizational climate with respect to creativity. 8.7. Workplace creativity climate assessment checklist
9. Creativity barriers. 9.1. Introduction. 9.2. Reasons for resistance to change in organizations and the types of organizations finding creativity most difficult. 9.3. Obstacles to innovation in large organizations and their overcoming steps. 9.4. Management barriers to creativity and reasons for prevention of innovation in mass-produced products. 9.5. Ways for managers to kill creativity and ways used by technical managers to block creative ideas. 9.6. Stumbling blocks and building blocks to creativity. 9.7. Types of barriers to an individual's creative thinking and suggestions for overcoming them. 9.8. Creativity inhibitors an engineer may encounter while inquiring into and solving the problem. 9.9. Barriers to creativity in textile industry
10. Creativity in quality management, software development process, rail transit stations, and specific organizations. 10.1. Introduction. 10.2. Creativity in quality management. 10.3. Creativity in software development process. 10.4. Creativity in rail transit stations. 10.5. Creativity in specific organizations -- 11. Creativity testing, recording, and patents. 11.1. Introduction. 11.2. Creativity testing. 11.3. Creativity recording. 11.4. Patents.
Creativity is playing an ever more important role in the success or failure of organizations in the global competitive economy. The field of engineering is no exception. The objective of this book is to satisfy this vital need, which has been covered very little elsewhere. The book, which assumes no prior knowledge, will be useful to many people including all kinds of professional engineers, engineering managers, graduate and senior undergraduate students of engineering, and researchers and instructors in engineering, psychology, and business administration. At the end of each chapter there are numerous problems to test readers' comprehension. The book also includes a comprehensive list of references directly or indirectly related to creativity in engineering.