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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: July 2019

4 - Solve the Right Problem

from Section I - Develop Your Creative Abilities


This chapter focuses on problem solving as a tool for creativity in research. While researchers have sophisticated analytic strategies for solving problems, research can stall because you are unclear what problem needs to be solved or are trying to solve the wrong problem. This chapter explores tools for identifying and framing tractable problems. It also discusses how you can become more comfortable with ambiguity, i.e., not knowing how you’ll move forward in a given situation.