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date: 24 May 2019

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Group creativity is far more than the generation of ideas: Ultimately, creative ideas must be recognized, valued, and selected. This chapter reviews and theoretically analyzes the relevant literature on the recognition, evaluation, and selection of creative ideas in groups. In doing so, it explains that both idea evaluation and idea selection show substantial room for improvement, with idea selection being especially problematic. The chapter argues that the underlying problem in effective idea evaluation and selection is the tension between originality and feasibility, and that highly original ideas tend to be disliked or rejected because they are perceived to be risky and unfeasible. Situational or personal factors that make implementation or feasibility concerns more salient will therefore hinder creative idea selection. After discussing the literature, the chapter addresses some possible solutions and directions for future research.

Keywords: idea selection, evaluation, originality, feasibility, science, creativity, business, expertise, regulatory focus

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