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Table 1 Definition of problem solving

From: The role of problem solving ability on innovative behavior and opportunity recognition in university students

Publication  Definition
Spivack et al. (1976) The ability to discover and create technologies and methods that can maximize new and diverse problems in everyday interpersonal relationships
D'zurilla and Nezu (1990) A cognitive, emotional, and behavioral process that attempts to find the best effective response when an individual has a specific problem in their daily lives
Stevenson and Jarillo (1990) Basic entrepreneurial skill
Warner (2002) The ability to create the best solutions to problems while working.
Shane (2003) The ability to identify opportunities with new information, such as puzzles.