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Eight Dimensional Methodology For Innovative Thinking

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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7.466.1 - 7.466.18



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Daniel Raviv

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Session 2793

Eight-Dimensional Methodology for Innovative Thinking*

Daniel Raviv Department of Electrical Engineering Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431 E-mail: 561 297 2773 Abstract The Eight-Dimensional Methodology for innovative thinking is a systematic approach that stimulates innovation by effectively using both sides of the brain. It is a unified approach that builds on comprehensive problem solving knowledge from industry, business, marketing, math, science, engineering, technology, and daily life. The different dimensions, namely Uniqueness, Dimensionality, Directionality, Consolidation, Segmentation, Modification, Similarity, and Experimentation provide leaders, managers, and other problem solvers with new insights and thinking strategies to solve everyday problems they face in the workplace.

The new methodology: - Looks at problems systematically - Enhances creative power and innovative skills of problem solvers - Helps to generate unique “out-of-the-box” unexpected and high quality multiple solutions - Stimulates innovation by generating more and better ideas quickly - Increases productivity of the idea generation process.

Problems are not constrained to a particular profession or subject, and may be used by individuals and teams. The methodology works extremely well in brainstorming sessions. It is easy to teach, learn and use. The nature of the methodology makes it inter-departmental, inter- disciplinary, regionally unconstrained, and thus nationally applicable with the promising potential to be adopted by engineering and science colleges nationwide.

The Eight-Dimensional Methodology has been taught using hands-on activities that include 3-D mechanical puzzles, games, brainteasers, LEGO® Mindstorms competitions, and design projects, each of which illustrates principles and strategies in inventive problem solving. These activities allow for self-paced, semi-guided exploration that improves self-esteem and encourages questioning and daring. The Eight-Dimensional Methodology has been recently evaluated with encouraging results.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2002, American Society for Engineering Education

* This work has been supported in part by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), and was supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Information, Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Grant # IIS-9615688,.

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Raviv, D. (2002, June), Eight Dimensional Methodology For Innovative Thinking Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10106

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