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date: 11 December 2017

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Research on curiosity in organizations is still in a relatively nascent state. In this chapter, I attempt to provide a foundation for research on curiosity in organizational life, with particular attention to the generative properties of curiosity. I review research on the psychology of curiosity, focusing on the distinction between specific and diversive curiosity. I use this foundation as a springboard for understanding the role of individual curiosity in organizations and exploring curiosity at collective levels of analysis. I also consider existing constructs and discuss their similarities and differences with curiosity and conclude with opportunities for future research.

Keywords: Curiosity, specific curiosity, diversive curiosity, curiosity organizing, cue labeling, learning, creativity, puzzles, problems

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