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Creative Ability in Business: A Guide to Selected Resources

This guide provides a variety of resources in support of research on the topic of creative thinking and ability in business along with some practical tips for individuals and companies to improve creativity.


Carol Highsmith, photographer. [Sculpture "Skygate" by Roger Barr along Embarcadero,] San Francisco, California. 2012. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

This bibliography focuses on resources in English about creative ability in business. Creativity, invention and innovation are the ingredients of success that brought prominence to many companies. Creative ability is to apply a creative solution to a problem or challenge which is important for day to day business operations as well as long-term growth of a company. Creativity can result in innovation that brings significant value and a competitive edge to a company and benefit the larger society. The resources in this guide explore the subject of creative ability in business and creative thinking, and offer practical tips for individuals and companies to cultivate and improve creativity and acquire the skill sets that help them stand out.

This is one of several short bibliographies compiled by the staff of Business Reference Services (BRS) to assist users in quickly locating basic information on topics for which they receive frequent questions, or supports a specific BRS program. The guide includes online resources such as blogs, podcasts, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) but it does not include articles, case studies, papers from conferences/symposiums, or juvenile materials. For resources that specifically focus on entrepreneurship, see The Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information.

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Part of the Science & Business Reading Room at the Library of Congress, the Business Section is the starting point for conducting research at the Library of Congress in the subject areas of business and economics. Here, reference specialists in specific subject areas of business assist patrons in formulating search strategies and gaining access to the information and materials contained in the Library's rich collections of business and economics materials.