Toward a Model of Creativity Based upon Problem Solving in the Social Sciences

  • James F. Voss
  • Mary L. Means
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Although creativity manifests itself in all areas of inquiry, most of the cited examples of creative thought involve the thinking of mathematicians, physical and biological scientists, writers, composers, and artists. In typical circumstances, few examples are cited in reference to social scientists. Yet creative acts may be found in virtually any domain, as, for example, in sports, when the forward pass was first used as an offensive weapon in football, or in business, when Henry Ford saw the implications of an assembly line and also realized that mass production would require mass consumption. Similarly, the work of March and Simon (1958) on organizational theory and the theoretical developments of Freud embrace creative work.


Social Science Prior Knowledge Creative Process Creative Thinking Creative Individual 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James F. Voss
    • 1
  • Mary L. Means
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Learning Research and Development CenterUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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