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Studying organizational creativity as process: Fluidity or duality?

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Johann Fortwengel, Elke Schuessler, Joerg Sydow

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-16
JournalCreativity and Innovation Management
Issue number1
Early online date25 Sep 2016
Accepted/In press14 Jun 2016
E-pub ahead of print25 Sep 2016
PublishedMar 2017


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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.

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