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What could be My Next Job? Using Flat Information Structures to Generate Creative Future Career Ideas

Abstract : In a dynamic labor market, it is important to help people combine information and generate creative solutions to cope with complex career challenges. In the present research, we apply the theory of information structure to creative career idea generation and hypothesize that flat information structures—that is, structures in which the information is disorganized—are more conducive to creativity than hierarchical information structures—that is, structures in which information is organized in higher‐order categories. In two experimental studies, participants had to combine career information related to self and work preferences that was presented either in flat or hierarchical structures. We found that flat information structures, compared with hierarchical information structures, led to future career ideas that were more creative on average. Our results suggest that cognitive flexibility explains the effect of information structure on the creativity of career ideas. Theoretical implications and suggestions for career management practices are discussed.
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Anna Schilling, Pinar Celik, Martin Storme. What could be My Next Job? Using Flat Information Structures to Generate Creative Future Career Ideas. The Journal of Creative Behavior, Wiley, 2020, ⟨10.1002/jocb.434⟩. ⟨hal-03001607⟩

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