Creative Processes in Groups – Relating Communication, Cognitive Processes and Solution Ideas
In technical product development group creativity sessions are performed to develop new and unobvious solution ideas. Different factors, e.g. creativity methods, influence the creative process and consequently the created solution ideas. The analysis of the communication within the group in addition to the evaluation of the solution ideas provides a deeper understanding of the impact of these influencing factors. In this work, we develop an approach to analyse the communication process in group creativity sessions. We relate communication elements to cognitive effects such as production blocking known from psychology research. This approach allows for the detailed analysis of the development of solution ideas – from their emergence to their documentation or rejection.