Faculty Profile

Scott G. Isaksen

Adjunct Professor - Campus Bergen

Biography

Scott G. Isaksen's personal email address: sgiaway@cpsb.com

Scott G. Isaksen is a Professor II of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Norwegian Business School. He is also Founder of the Creative Problem Solving Group, Senior Fellow of its Creativity Research Unit and a former professor and director of SUNY's International Center for Studies in Creativity. He resides in the Buffalo area of New York in the US.

Scott has published over 200 books, articles, and chapters in books, and provided consultation and training on facilitative leadership, creativity, and innovation for over 450 organizations in 26 different countries around the world. Scott is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Product Development Management Association and has served as a consulting editor for the Journal of Creative Behavior since 1983.

Research areas
Creative Problem Solving Style assessment and implications (Person-Environment Fit).
Climate for Creativity and Innovation.
Impact of Creative Problem Solving Training.

Teaching areas

Human Resource Management (Bergen)Management of Creativity (Bergen).
Creativity in Individuals, Groups, and Organizations (Nydalen).

Publications

Isaksen, Scott G. (2017)

Leadership's role in creative climate creation

Mumford, Michael M. & Hemlin, Sven (red.). Handbook of research on leadership and creativity

Isaksen, Scott G.; Kaufmann, Astrid & Bakken, Bjørn T. (2014)

An Examination of the Personality Constructs Underlying Dimensions of Creative Problem- Solving Style

The Journal of creative behavior, 50(4), s. 268- 281. Doi: 10.1002/jocb.75

This study investigated the personality facets that underpin the construct of problem solving style, particularly when approaching more creative kinds of problem solving. Cattell’s Sixteen Personality Factors Questionnaire and VIEW – An Assessment of Problem Solving Style were administered to 165 students from the Norwegian Business School. We explored relationships through correlational and regression analysis. Personality profiles were derived for each of VIEW’s three dimensions and were in generally expected directions. Those with an Explorer preference were more imaginative and idea-oriented, open to change, unconventional, freethinking and flexible than Developers. Those with a Developer preference were more practical and solution oriented, more traditional, rule conscious, conservative, and respecting of traditional ideas. Those with an External preference were more group oriented, affiliative, socially bold, warm, and attentive to others than those with an Internal preference. Those with a more Task oriented preference were more impersonal, detached, utilitarian, and tough minded than those with Person oriented preference. We outlined implications and suggestions for further research.

Isaksen, Scott G. (2013)

Managing for Innovation: An examination of a climate-centric model for organizational innovation and creativity.

Kinda Management Review, 1, s. 41- 58.

Isaksen, Scott G. & Aert, Wouter S. (2011)

Linking problem-solving style and creative organizational climate: An exploratory interactionist study

The International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving, 21(2), s. 7- 38.

Isaksen, Scott G. & Akkermans, Hans J. (2011)

Creative Climate: A Leadership Lever For Innovation

The Journal of creative behavior, 45(3), s. 161- 187. Doi: 10.1002/j.2162-6057.2011.tb01425.x

Isaksen, Scott G. & Ekvall, Göran (2010)

Managing for Innovation: The Two Faces of Tension in Creative Climates

Creativity and Innovation Management, 19(2), s. 71- 196. Doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8691.2010.00558.x

Isaksen, Scott G.; De Schryver, Luc & Onkelinx, Jonas (2010)

A Cross Cultural Examination of Creative Problem Solving Style: The Dutch Translation of VIEW

The Journal of creative behavior, 44(1), s. 19- 28.

Isaksen, Scott G. (2011)

Creative Approaches to Problem Solving: A framework for innovation and change (3rd ed.).

[Textbook]. SAGE Publications, Inc..

Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
1983 State University College at Buffalo Ed.D.
1983 State University at Buffalo Doctor of Education, Ed.D.
1974 State University College at Buffalo B.S.
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2009 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Adjunct Professor
1997 - Present Creative Problem Solving Group President
1993 - 1997 SUNY College at Buffalo Professor
1982 - 1997 SUNY College at Buffalo Director
1982 - 1997 Creative Problem Solving Group Founder
1987 - 1993 SUNY College at Buffalo Associate Professor
1983 - 1987 SUNY College at Buffalo Assistant Professor
1980 - 1983 SUNY College at Buffalo Instructor
1979 - 1980 Williamsville Central Schools Gifted Specialist
1974 - 1979 Williamsville Central Schools Teacher