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Organizing the Cat? Generative Aspects of Curiosity in Organizational Life

Spencer Harrison

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199734610.013.0009

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Organizing the Cat? Generative Aspects of Curiosity in Organizational Life

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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

Article.  10648 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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