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Making the Team: A Guide for Managers by Leigh L. Thompson

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Analogical Reasoning

Analogical reasoning is the act of applying one concept or idea from a particular domain to another domain. The simplest analogy might be something like this: Green is to go as red is to stop. A much more complex analogy that indicates creative genius is Kepler's application of concepts from light to develop a theory of the orbital motion of planets (Gentner, Brem, Ferguson, & Wolff, 1997).

As we saw in the example of microbiology labs, teams are often able to be creative by applying a concept useful in one domain to a new domain. To the extent that teams can recognize when a particular concept might be useful for solving a new problem, creativity can be enhanced. The problem is that it is not easy to transfer relevant information ...

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