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Webcast: August 2012

Deciphering the Factors Related to Creativity: Implications for HRD



Intuitively we know that the factors that influence creativity are numerous, especially in an organizational setting. Creativity depends on the individuals we hire, the supervisors we promote, and the culture that is fostered, among several others. However, the creativity literature is populated almost exclusively with studies that look at each factor individually, one at a time, in isolation. Yet, we know the world is more dynamic than this. Which of the multitude of factors studied in the creativity literature really make a difference, and how do they interact with each other? Laird will discuss his dissertation research where he constructed a multi-factor, cross-level model to examine the relationships among several variables within four Research & Development organizations. Laird will summarize his research, provide a glimpse into the insights from the literature, and discuss the role HRD can play in fostering greater creativity in organizations.


About the Presenter:

Laird D. McLean, Ph.D., Owner/Consultant, McLean Global Consulting

Laird is highly regarded for his expertise in training, organizational change, innovation, and technology implementation.

Prior to joining MGC, he was responsible, as director of Global Learning and Development, for leading training and development globally, serving the Chief Technical and Chief Medical Officers at Boston Scientific. He played a key role in implementing corporate-wide product and technology development processes, developing an award-winning project management capability, building the corporate training function, bringing eLearning to the company, and guiding implementation of company-wide Six Sigma and Lean training.


Laird also served as a change management consultant at Andersen Consulting (currently Accenture) where he helped clients plan for and implement PeopleSoft applications. His work included business process mapping; organization design; and training design, development, and delivery.

Laird has traveled to over 20 countries. He has lived, worked, and studied in the USA, Canada, Japan, and Belgium and has familiarity with French and Japanese languages.


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