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January 20, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Financial Times Quotes Dutcher on Creativity and Serendipitous Conversations

Dr. Glenn Dutcher, portrait

Dr. Glenn Dutcher

The Financial Times quotes Dr. Glenn Dutcher, assistant professor of Economics at Ohio University, in a story headlined “Where’s the spark? How lockdown caused a creativity crisis.”

In recent years, office design has focused on creating collaborative spaces where people can meet to discuss ideas and hold serendipitous conversations. Yet Prof Dutcher is sceptical. “I’ve not seen convincing evidence that serendipitous conversations lead to increases in creativity.” Rather the benefit is passing on knowledge: if workers become more productive after a chance conversation then it is because they have learnt something they did not know.

In 2017 Dutcher and Cortney Rodet received university funding to study how people learn creativity.


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