Studying Organizational Creativity as Process: Fluidity or Duality?

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This paper contributes to process studies on organizational creativity by developing two competing research agendas. The first perspective, the ‘becoming’ view, depicts creativity as a constant flow of activity that crystallizes every once in a while in unpredictable moments of creativity. The second perspective, the ‘practice’ view, understands creativity as a practised social process, in which structures play the important role of both enabling and constraining individual agents in pursuing creativity as a collective phenomenon. We compare and contrast these two theoretical perspectives, which are based on different process ontologies, and discuss their methodological implications. We argue that the practice perspective offers particular promise, because it allows us to address the important yet paradoxical question of how creativity may be organized and managed.
ZeitschriftCreativity and Innovation Management
Seiten (von - bis)5-16
Anzahl der Seiten12
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 01.03.2017
Extern publiziertJa

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