Creative Approaches To Problem Solving 3rd Edition by Scott G. Isaksen – Test Bank



Creative Approaches to Problem Solving 3rd Edition by Scott G. Isaksen – Test Bank

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Creative Approaches to Problem Solving: A Framework for Innovation and Change, Third Edition


by Scott G. Isaksen, K. Brian Dorval, and Donald J. Treffinger



Instructor Support: Test File Chapter 4



Note: Bold type designates keyed correct response in all multiple-choice questions.



Chapter Four


  1. In Generating Ideas your goal is to:
  2. Produce as many ideas as possible in five minutes or less.
  3. Produce many, new, and varied ideas to “stretch” your thinking.
  4. Focus on practical, useful ideas.
  5. Focus on ideas no one has ever thought of before.



  1. Generating Ideas is important because:
  2. It involves thinking of many, varied, and unusual ways to deal with the task or problem.
  3. Most ideas people think of on their own aren’t very creative.
  4. It forces everyone in the group to be creative.
  5. You generate a few remarkable ideas to impress other people.



  1. Brainstorming is:
  2. A problem-solving process.
  3. Another name for group discussion.
  4. A tool to use to generate many options.
  5. A good critical thinking strategy.



  1. When Generating Ideas, effective problem solvers are those who:
  2. Think of and state at least 100 ideas.
  3. Find the really good ideas by discussing each one as it is given.
  4. Let ideas flow naturally and make new connections.
  5. Focus on a few good ideas, not lots of ordinary ones.






  1. Which of these (may be more than one!) would be useful tools for generating many new ideas?
  2. Brainstorming.
  3. Diagraphical analysis.
  4. Attribute Listing.
  6.   Paired Comparison Analysis.



  1. Which of the following groups includes only Generating Tools:
  2. Forced fitting, morphological matrix, SCAMPER.
  3. Affirmative judgment, brainstorming, attribute listing..
  4. Evaluation matrix, morphological matrix, ALUo.
  5. Fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration.



  1. Which of the following statements is true about Generating Tools:
  2. they are used to analyze, refine, and develop ideas.
  3. they are all really different ways to brainstorm.
  4. they help you to come up with many, varied, or unusual options.
  5. they are tools that Explorers are better than Developers at using.



  1. Which of the following statements is true:
  2. using Generating Tools means that there’s no need for critical thinking.
  3. it is important to defer judgment, seek quantity, accept all ideas, and look for combinations when using Generating Tools.
  4. Generating Tools are the most important parts of CPS.
  5. it is not appropriate to use more than one Generating Tool when working on a task or problem.



  1. The purpose of identifying HITS in the Generating Ideas stage is to:
  2. Generate more data.
  3. Develop a specific plan of action.
  4. Begin focusing on ideas that have potential for development.
  5. Identify the best ideas and who generated them.



  1. When using the Targeting model for generating options, choosing tools depends on:
  2. The resource-group’s desire to have fun.
  3. The faciltator’s personal style preferences.
  4. The needs of the client and the task under consideration.
  5. The client’s preferred tool.



  1. Visually Identifying Relationships (VIR) is a generating tool that is likely to produce:
  2. Fewer but more exploratory ideas.
  3. Moderately exploratory and many developmental ideas.
  4. High-quality ideas for all situations.
  5. Many developmental ideas.



  1. Generating tools that lead to options more developmental in nature are well-suited for:
  2. Fundamental changes or “breakthrough” options.
  3. Options that improve existing structures or systems.
  4. Options that may initially be disruptive to systems.
  5. Options that require longer to implement.



  1. Which sequence of generating tools progresses from more developmental to more exploratory in the type of options produced:
  2. SCAMPER, Brainwriting, Asking How or How Else.
  3. Morphological Matrix, Brainstorming, Imagery Trek.
  4. Imagery Trek, VIR, Forced Fitting.
  5. Brainstorming, Brainwriting, Forced Fitting.



  1. Which stem is most appropriate for stimulating idea generation:
  2. Identify the options that really stand out…
  3. The options we should consider further are…
  4. How many good ideas do you think we can produce to…
  5. List as many ideas as you can imagine for…



  1. When beginning to work on Generating Ideas, you will already have which of these”
  2. At least one or two ideas that you believe are very good.
  3. A clearly defined problem statement to guide your search.
  4. A broad idea of your general goal.
  5. A definite sense of the criteria to use to evaluate your options.





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