Collaborative study Curiosity at Work: Permission to Wonder
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The role of curiosity in adaptable, innovative workplaces is not yet well understood. Yet because curiosity is a concept at play in our personal domains as well as in academic or professional contexts, it’s understandable that business leaders and managers are now calling for a more curious workforce. “I wish my team had unbridled curiosity” is the wish this study addresses.
Social scientists have looked at curiosity from different disciplinary lenses. Curiosity seems to relate to: underlying personality (including openness to experience), individual’s perception of the current environment, and perception of the nature of knowledge (which differs across academic subjects and across individuals). The question – what is curiosity at work – has not been fully studied.
This study aims to create a tool for measuring workplace curiosity. The tool would allow capabilities to be benchmarked and interventions created that tangibly enhance workplace curiosity.