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Innovative problem solving

This Unit comprises subjects that managers will face daily whilst participating in a changing environment such as the implementation of innovative action for integrative health and social care.

In this Unit you will be invited to reflect on innovative problem-solving, professional judgement and information management.

Robbins (2011), in chapter 18, explores the meaning of perception. Perception is a process by which individuals organise and interpret their sensory impressions in order to give meaning to their environment.

However, what we perceive can be substantially different from the objective reality.

Example 1

Look at the picture below. What do you see, a young lady or an old woman?

Figure 5.2: My Wife and Mother in Law illusion

My Wife and Mother in Law illusion

Image source: Wikimedia Commons (Accessed on 21.05.2021)

The eye of the old woman can be seen as an ear of a young lady.

Example 2

Some researchers have interest in these problems: we think we can get all details for a situation, but we cannot. In this seven-minute video, Daniel Simon shows "we all see the world as it isn't.”

Seeing the World As It Isn't | Daniel Simons

View Seeing the World As It Isn't | Daniel Simons video transcript

Example 3

Now check this business example:

All employees in a firm may view it as a great place to work - favourable working conditions, interesting job assignments, good pay, excellent benefits, understanding and responsible management - but, as most of us know, it's very unusual to find such agreement.

Individuals may look at the same thing yet perceive it differently. Why?