This paper presents a practical approach to teaching students to ‘Think Outside the Box.’ Defining a mental box as having the four constructs of Curiosity, Openness, Risk and Energy, the paper describes how these can be measured and then expanded using a series of assignments designed to increase each of the constructs. Examples of some of the assignments are given with explanations.

 

Contributors:

Charles J.F. Leflar, Ph.D., CPA, University of Arkansas
Katie L. Terrell, MBA, University of Arkansas

 

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