Date of Completion

Spring 5-26-2015

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Peter J. Taylor

Second Advisor

Jeremy Szteiter


The traditional model of innovation in the workplace leaves no room for the true meandering nature of innovation and thus detracts from effective workplace innovation. This paper presents a new non-linear model, the Clover Model, which guides thinkers through a flexible and interconnected six-step process of innovation while still allowing room for the cycles and epicycles of real-world innovation. The “clover” refers to the 4 interconnected critical and creative thinking epicycles (investigation, ideation, incubation and refinement) that come together at a central point and allow thinkers to follow the natural ebbs and flows of innovation by seamlessly transitioning between clover leaves. The beginnings of a workshop is given, which will guide thinkers through a system of planned exercises and self-reflection to achieve their goal of business innovation. The Clover Model and the workshop constitute Think Unbound ©.

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