Organizing Creativity for Innovation: Situated Practices and Process Perspectives

Elke Schüßler, Silviya Svejenova, Patrick Cohendet

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This volume brings together empirical and conceptual papers that investigate the challenges of organizing creativity in the innovation journey in and across different empirical contexts. Seen as the basis for innovating new products, processes or services, organizing creativity is studied as intentional efforts that occur in teams, organizations, and fields. What creativity is, how it is defined, negotiated and recognized is hereby co-constructed with different audiences and in different economic and societal spheres. The papers in this volume extend our understanding of these contextualized social dynamics of organizing creativity in four directions. The first direction sheds light on the temporal dynamics of organizing creativity in artistic fields. The second direction compares creative processes in arts and science, thereby examining tensions and uncertainties in the creative process unfolding in two distinctive contexts of creativity. The third direction examines identity struggles of creative agents in organizations with clashing roles, professional norms, and ambiguities in creativity assessment. The fourth and final direction unravels the communicative journey of ideas from pitching to feedback, revealing how ideas are challenged, enriched, and acquire meaning in communicative interaction. Overall, the papers in this volume contribute to a situated view of creative processes in innovation which goes beyond questions of idea generation to account for dynamics of idea development, judgment, and dissemination which involve identity struggles, evaluation, and communication – processes which are at the heart of organizing for innovation.
TitelOrganizing Creativity in the Innovation Journey
RedaktørerElke Schüssler , Patrick Cohendet, Silviya Svejenova
Antal sider16
ForlagEmerald Group Publishing
ISBN (Trykt)9781839828751
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781839828744, 9781839828768
StatusUdgivet - 2021
NavnResearch in the Sociology of Organizations


  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Organizing
  • Creative work
  • Idea journey
  • Process