Penn. Organizational Dynamics Prof. Steven F. Freeman
Creativity and Innovation in
Organization and Work

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About Creativity

Curiosity is the key to creativity. - Akio Morita, Made in Japan (1986)

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. - Rita Mae Brown

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense.
Taste is the enemy of creativeness.                 - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there … right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago? - Bernice Fitz-Gibbon, advertising exec (1894–1982)

Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can play weird; that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple awesomely simple, that's creativity. - Charles Mingus, jazz bassist, composer (1922-79)

Another word for creativity is courage. - George Prince, founder of Synectics, The Practice of Creativity (1970)


The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance (1841)


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Predictions about Technological Innovation

Everything that can be invented has been invented. -Charles H. Duell, Commissioner US Patent Office, 1899


Well informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value. -The Boston Post, 1865

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. -Western Union internal memo, 1876

Radio has no future. -Lord Kelvin, British mathematician, physicist and president of UK Royal Society, 1897

The wireless music box has no value. Who would pay to hear a message sent to nobody in particular?. -David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings to invest in the radio in the 1920s


I think there is a world market for about five computers. -Thomas J. Watson, Chairman, IBM, 1943

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons. -Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year. -Prentice Hall Business Books Editor, 1957

There is no reason why anyone would want a computer in their home. -Ken Olsen, founder and CEO of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

No one will ever need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer. 640K of memory should be enough for anybody. -Bill Gates, founder and CEO of Microsoft, 1981


The cinema is little more than a fad. It's canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage. -Charlie Chaplin, actor, producer, director and (subsequently) studio founder, 1916

Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. -Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox movie mogul, 1946


Make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? Excuse me, but I have no time to listen to such nonsense. -Napoleon Bonaparte, when told of Robert Fulton's steamboat, 1800

Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia. -Dr. Dionysus Larder, professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at University College London, 1845

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. -Lord Kelvin,1895

There will never be a bigger plane built. -Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people

To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon ... land alive, and then return to earth constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne... such a man-made voyage will never occur regardless of all future advances. -Lee DeForest, inventor of the vacuum tube, 1926


The idea that cavalry will be replaced by these iron coaches is absurd. It is little short of treasonous. -Aide-de-camp of Field Marshal Haig at the tank demonstration, 1916

This is the biggest fool thing we have ever done. The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives. -Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy during World War II, advising President Truman on the atomic bomb, 1945

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