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Problem Map: a Framework for Investigating the Role of Problem Formulation in Creative Design

Abstract Design problem formulation is believed to influence creativity, yet it has received only modest attention in the research community. Past studies of problem formulation are scarce and often have small sample sizes. The main objective of this research is to understand how problem formulation affects creative outcome. Three research areas are investigated: development of a model which facilitates capturing the differences among designers' problem formulation; representation and implication of those differences; the relation between problem formulation and creativity.

This dissertation proposes the Problem Map (P-maps) ontological framework. P-maps represent designers' problem formulation in terms of six groups of entities (requiremen... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Dinar, Mahmoud (Author) / Shah, Jami J (Advisor) / Langley, Pat (Committee member) / Davidson, Joseph K (Committee member) / Lande, Micah (Committee member) / Ren, Yi (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Mechanical engineering / Cognitive psychology / creativity / design / ontology / problem formulation
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 259 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Mechanical Engineering 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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