Training for the Creative Economy: a case study of Future Navigator, Sisters Academy and KaosPilots

Emilie Dipo Zimmermann & Carina M. E. Hammer

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis investigates how current novel training initiatives are organizing training to prepare participants for the creative economy. The rise of the creative economy calls for a high level of creativity and innovation in order to meet the challenges posed by the labor market. This demands that workers be creative, innovative, imaginative, and adaptable. The current educational paradigm is receiving much criticism for not encompassing the above, and a new field is investigating how we might organize training that is compatible with the demands of the creative economy. With a pragmatic philosophical foundation, this thesis employs Eisenhardt’s “Building Theory from Case Study Research” and a Grounded Theory Method approach. The aim of this is to generate theory from real life situations, which can in turn provide practical insights into beneficial training practices. 'Real life' cases are explored through an empirical and qualitative investigation via interviews with experts from KaosPilots, Sisters Academy and Future Navigator. These make up a constructed field of research or CETI (Creative Economy Training Initiatives), which make up the foundations of this thesis. Based on findings, a CETI framework of four training approaches is proposed and extended to theory in the field of artful processes in organizational theory. The thesis presents training approaches into, 1. An organized frame, 2. Practiced and facilitated collaboration, 3. Opportunities for experiential and immersive training 4. individual potential. The thesis suggests a framework towards training that can be used as inspiration for practices and re-thinking training towards preparing the future worker for the creative economy

EducationsMSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages112