XAT 2015 Question 25


Analyse the following passage and provide appropriate answers for questions that follow.

Creative thinking can be used by management teams to produce actions that will potentially increase innovation and identify opportunities. Brainstorming is one technique that can enhance creativity. Brainstorming is usually regarded as a method to be used with groups of people. Although, it can be employed with individuals, the benefit of involving a group is that one person’s idea can help to stimulate even more ideas by other group members.

Underlying brainstorm is the idea that people’s creativity is restricted because they tend to reject ideas at too early a stage. This can be because they may be imposing imaginary constraints on a problem or making false assumptions. Alternatively, they may be unable to see a problem from multiple perspectives or they may be stereotyping problems and possible solutions and hence failing to see their wider potential. Involvement of people with different perspectives enriches the idea generation.

Question 25

Which of the following options would be closest to the main argument in the second paragraph above?


The passage is about brainstorming. The author mentions that brainstorming is advantageous as many people drop an idea in an early stage because they see it from only one perspective. Brainstorming leads to an idea being perceived from multiple perspectives and leads to novel solutions or discoveries.

Considering the above points, option D is the answer as it mentions the participation of people from multiple departments in the idea generation process.

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