Social Creativity Volume 2 explores the nature of creativity in innovation in business, with in-depth essays from leading thinkers such as Teresa Amabile, Fred Emery, Charles Hampden-Turner, David Loye, Tudor Rickards, Ralph Stacey, Richard Woodman and others.
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Introduction: Organizing as if Creativity Really Mattered
Ronald E. Purser, Alfonso Montuori
Part One: Sociocognitive Dimensions of Creativity
1. Control, Chaos, Control: A Cybernetic View of Creativity
2. Hemisphericity and Creativity: Group Process and the Dream Factory
3. Creative Organizations: The Relevance of Chaos and Psychodynamic Systems
PART TWO: CREATIVE PERCEPTION: COGNITION AND SOCIAL INFLUENCES
4. The Perceptual Logic of Creativity
5. Barriers to Organizational Creativity
Lynda Kilbourne and Richard Woodman
6. Group Creativity
Paul Paulus, Vincent Brown, Anita Ortega
PART THREE: CREATIVE WORK ENVIRONMENTS: ASSESSMENT AND PREDICTION
7. On the Roles of the Industrial Researcher in Relation to Creativity: The Core of the Stein Technical Audit
8. The Impact of Downsizing on Organizational Creativity and Innovation
Regina Conti and Teresa Amabile
PART FOUR: CREATIVE PARADIGMS: EPISTEMOLOGICAL ISSUES AND MANAGEMENT ASSUMPTIONS
9. Sociological Paradigms and Organizational Creativity
Tudor Rickards and Christian De Cock
10. Playing the Spaces Between the Notes: From Competence to Creativity in Management
PART FIVE: CREATIVE ECOLOGIES: CONSTRAINTS AND POSSIBILITIES
11. Social Creat as a Heroic Path in World Crisis
12. Organizing as if Creativity Really Mattered
Ronald E. Purser and Alfonso Montuori
"Social Creativity Volume 2 challenges many widely held assumptions about creativity in organizations while offering exciting alternatives. A must read for those seeking to increase innovation in their organizations."
--John A. Alden, Senior Manager, Procter & Gamble Company
"Purser and Montuori have assembled a stimulating and intellectually grounded set of essays central to the long term viability of human societies--how can organizations foster creativity required to generate paths through turbulent times we are facing? The conceptualization of creativity as a collective, social phenomenon is a real contribution."
--Susan Albers Mohrman, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California
"This comprehensive work is essential reading for leaders at any level of an organization dedicated to increasing the creative capacity of their work force."
--Suzanne Merritt, Senior Creatologist, Founder of the Polaroid Creativity Laboratory
"A panoramic overview of what is social, and therefore actionable, about creativity. Everyone concerned with the design and leadership of organizations should take heed."
--John Kao, Harvard Business School, and Author of Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity
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