PhD research on innovation

Arne de Vet (1972) did PhD research on ‘The effects of thinking in silence on creativity and innovation’ (Defense on November 16th, 2007, Tilburg University, Netherlands).
He found that thinking in silence promotes creativity. He also found that groups generally would generate more new ideas when they hold an intermezzo (e.g. 5 minutes) for thinking in silence during a group meeting: after initial discussion on a specific topic, the group participants think in silence about what they have
heard and generate new ideas (e.g. whilst staying seated, not getting up to get coffee, check messages, or talk to others), after which group discussion is resumed to share and build on ideas, and to come to a group conclusion. Further he found that holding group debate or not has an effect on the type of strategic innovation decisions taken (e.g. radical vs. incremental innovations adopted).

Arne de Vet

Arne de Vet completed a Masters of Science in Business Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 1996. He was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company from 1996 till 2003, working in the US, the UK,
South Africa, Belgium, and the Netherlands. From 1998 till 1999 he also completed an MBA at INSEAD, France. From 2003 until 2007 he held an appointment at Tilburg University, where he both did research on creativity and innovation and lectured on organisational behavior and management. From 2003 onwards he is an independent management consultant on innovation, strategy, organization and change.

Below please find a link to a summary of his research.