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Fostering Individual Creativity Through Organizational Context: A Review Of Recent Research And Recommendations For Organizational Leaders

Mark D. Agars, J. Kaufman, A. Deane, Blakely Smith
Published 2012 · Political Science, Psychology

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Publisher Summary Creativity in the workplace is increasingly recognized as a valuable organizational commodity. The value of a creative workforce will only increase as organizations face an ever-expanding global nature of business, continued and rapid changes in technology, increased competition for products and/or services, and regular changes to organizational structures, strategies, and environments. Though the value of creativity grows increasingly clear, the factors that contribute to a creative and innovative workforce are more elusive. Although much attention in the creativity literature has been paid to individual characteristics related to creative potential, the business world necessarily requires an understanding of creativity that is both more considerate of organizational context and which focuses more directly on domain specific behavioral outcomes. Organizational context plays a clear role in the emergence of individual creative behaviors. Leader factors, organizational characteristics, and the social fabric of the workplace each provide mechanisms for enhancing employee creativity. Attention must always be given to factors specific to the organizational domains of interest. Within those parameters, however, organization leaders are afforded a myriad of opportunities to foster employee creativity by attending to organizational context.
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