University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. R. Keith Sawyer is the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is one of the world’s leading scientific experts on creativity and improvisation. His 2017 book Group Genius (Basic Books), written for a broad audience, draws on his research on jazz and improv theater to show the reader how to be more creative in collaborative group settings and how to change organizations for the better. His other books on this topic include Explaining Creativity (Oxford, 2012), a comprehensive overview of creativity research, and Improvised Dialogues (Greenwood, 2003), which presents a series of interaction analyses of Chicago improvisational theater performances. Sawyer analyzes improvisational group phenomena using his framework of social emergence, as presented in his book Social Emergence (Cambridge, 2005).