TitleThinking outside the square: Business students' conceptions of creativity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsPetocz, P., Reid A., & Taylor P.
JournalCreativity Research Journal
Start Page409

Creativity is an important attribute of a successful graduate of highereducation, recognised by universities and employers alike. In this paper, we investigate ideas about creativity that were discussed during interviews by a group of business students at a university in Sydney, Australia. Using a phenomenographic approach, we identified three levels of conceptions of creativity, labeled Definition, Attribute, and Comprehensive, from the narrowest and most limited to the broadest and most inclusive. We discuss the characteristics of these different ways of viewing creativity and the pedagogical implications of our findings for business education (and highereducation generally).