New “Brainstorming” Principles

John R. Rossiter, Gary L. Lilien

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This article presents six new principles emerging from four decades of academic and industry research on the generation of high-quality creative ideas by “brainstorming”. The principles are: (a) brainstorming insructions are essential and should emphasize, paradoxically, number and not quality of ideas; (b) a specific, difficult target should be set for the number of ideas; (c) individuals, not groups, should generate the initial ideas; (d) groups should then be used to amalgamate and refine the ideas; (e) individuals should provide the final ratings to select the best ideas, which will increase commitment to the ideas selected; and, (f) the time required for successful brainstorming should be kept remarkably short. By following these principles, brainstorming will more dependably produce high-quality creative results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Journal of Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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