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Creativity is a fundamental element of Engineering . Creativity is concerned with the generation of effective, novel solutions to problems, while Engineering , and Engineering Design has a similar goal, focused on technological solutions. It was the Sputnik Shock of October 1957 that prompted, for the first time, research into the people who generate creative solutions, the cognitive Process es they employ, the environment in which they undertake these activities, and the characteristics of the Product s they create. This chapter summarises the psychological framework that guides efforts to understand how Creativity is fostered so that Engineering organisations can maximise their capacity for Innovation . Of special importance is embedding Creativity in Engineering Education .

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Cropley, D.H. (2016). Creativity in Engineering. In: Corazza, G., Agnoli, S. (eds) Multidisciplinary Contributions to the Science of Creative Thinking. Creativity in the Twenty First Century. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-618-8_10

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