Handbook of Organizational Creativity

Handbook of Organizational Creativity

1st Edition - August 17, 2011

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  • Editor: Michael D. Mumford
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080879109
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123747143

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Handbook of Organizational Creativity is designed to explain creativity and innovation in organizations. This handbook contains 28 chapters dedicated to particularly complex phenomena, all written by leading experts in the field of organizational creativity. The format of the book follows the multi-level structure of creativity in organizations where creativity takes place at the individual level, the group level, and the organizational level. Beyond just theoretical frameworks, applications and interventions are also emphasized. This topic will be of particular interest to managers of creative personnel, and managers that see the potential benefit of creativity to their organizations.

Key Features

  • Information is presented in a manner such that students, researchers, and managers alike should have much to gain from the present handbook
  • Variables such as idea generation, affect, personality, expertise, teams, leadership, and planning, among many others, are discussed
  • Specific practical interventions are discussed that involve training, development, rewards, and organizational development
  • Provides a summary of the field’s history, the current state of the field, as well as viable directions for future research


Management scholars, psychologists, and sociologists conducting research on creativity and innovation in organizations as well as consultants to industry concerned with enhancing organizational innovation. Educational psychologists with an interest in creativity will be interested in this book from an academic perspective. Researchers and students in personality, social psychology, cognitive psychology, and management.

Table of Contents

  • About the Authors

    Editor Biosketch

    Contributor Biosketches

    Part A: Introduction

    Chapter 1. Creativity in Organizations: Importance and Approaches

    Creativity and Innovation




    Chapter 2. Organizations and Creativity: Trends in Research, Status of Education and Practice, Agenda for the Future

    Where We Have Been and Where to from Here: A Summary and Theory of the Science of Creativity

    Categories of Organizational Creativity Science

    Comparison of European and US Approaches to Organizational Creativity

    Applied Organizational Creativity

    Creativity and Education



    Chapter 3. Methods in Creativity Research: Multiple Approaches, Multiple Levels

    Creative Work




    Chapter 4. Fields, Domains, and Individuals

    Systems Perspective

    Two Illustrations



    Chapter 5. Creativity in Organizations: Facilitators and Inhibitors

    Conceptual Background

    Personal Characteristics Associated with Creativity

    The Work Environment for Creativity

    Concluding Remarks


    Part B: Individual Level Influences

    Chapter 6. Creative Abilities: Divergent Thinking

    Early Theories of Divergent Thinking

    Divergent Thinking Tests

    Influences on Ideation

    Personality and Attitudes

    Improving Ideational Skills

    Evaluation of Ideas

    Interpersonal Evaluation

    Assessing Convergent and Evaluative Abilities

    Divergent Thinking Applied to Organizations



    Chapter 7. The Expert Performance Approach and Deliberate Practice: Some Potential Implications for Studying Creative Performance in Organizations

    Outline of Chapter

    Professional Expertise and Expert-Performance Approach

    Applying the Expert-Performance Approach to Performance in the Workplace

    Concluding Remarks

    Author Notes


    Chapter 8. Problem Solving


    Problem Solving as Search

    Problem Solving as Representation and Restructuring

    The Creative Problem Solving Model

    Problem Types

    Knowledge and Recent Exposure


    Problem Solutions


    Chapter 9. Idea Generation and Idea Evaluation: Cognitive Skills and Deliberate Practices


    Idea Generation and Idea Evaluation: Definitions and Roles within the Creative Process

    Idea Generation Skills as Seen Through the Lens of Different Theoretical Families

    Effective Idea Evaluation

    Conclusion and Future Research


    Chapter 10. The Emotive Roots of Creativity: Basic and Applied Issues on Affect and Motivation


    Dual Pathway to Creativity Model

    Affect, Mood, and Emotions

    Motivation Strength and Orientation

    Conclusions and Practical Implications


    Chapter 11. Personality

    The Descriptive Trait Approach

    The Dynamic Process Approach

    The Social-Cognitive and Learning Approach

    Towards an Eclectic Approach?

    The Creative Personality

    The Role of Moods and Emotions in the Creative Personality

    The Creative Personality in a Developmental Perspective

    The Creative Personality in Organizations

    Testing Creativity


    Chapter 12. Fostering Individual Creativity Through Organizational Context: A Review of Recent Research and Recommendations for Organizational Leaders

    Contextual Factors and Individual Creativity




    Part C: Group Level Influences

    Chapter 13. Team Creativity and Innovation: The Effect of Group Composition, Social Processes, and Cognition

    Team Composition

    Social Processes

    Cognitive Processes



    Chapter 14. Collaborative Creativity—Group Creativity and Team Innovation

    Group Creativity versus Team Innovation

    What are Teams, Groups, Creativity, and Innovation?


    Team Characteristics

    Factors Influencing Team Creativity

    Phases of Team Creativity

    Group Stability versus Turnover

    Virtual Team Creativity and Innovation

    Conclusions and Future Directions

    Practical Implications



    Chapter 15. Creativity and Innovation: The Role of Team and Organizational Climate


    The Importance of Context in Creativity and Innovation Theory

    Individual Creativity and Innovation

    Team Climate for Creativity and Innovation

    New Developments in Team Climate Research: Applying Person–Situation Theories

    Organizational Climate for Creativity and Innovation

    Implementing Ideas Top–Down: Organizational Climate for Implementation and Innovation-Values Fit

    Practical Implications

    Suggestions for Future Research



    Chapter 16. Creativity and the Work Context


    Conceptual Framework

    Contextual Characteristics

    Behavioral Parameters

    Relational and Structural Parameters

    Conclusions and Future Research Directions



    Chapter 17. Project Management of Innovative Teams

    Project Management Concepts

    Applying the Psychology of Creativity and Innovation




    Chapter 18. Leadership of Creativity: Entity-Based, Relational, and Complexity Perspectives

    Entity-Based Approaches to Creativity

    Leadership of Creative People

    Entity Based Studies of Group Creativity

    Collective Creativity and Leadership

    The Role of Leadership

    Summary and Discussion


    Part D: Organizational Level Influences

    Chapter 19. Organizational Structure and Innovation Revisited: From Organic To Ambidextrous Structure

    Conception of Innovation in Organizations

    Innovation Process

    Innovation Type

    Empirical Studies of Structure and Innovation


    Implications for Research and Practice


    Chapter 20. Planning for Innovation: A Process Oriented Perspective

    The Case against Planning for Innovation: Why it Can’t Be Done

    The Case for Planning: Why it must Be Done

    Defining Planning: A Process Perspective

    A Process Model of Planning

    Key Innovation Activities

    Integrating Planning Processes and Innovation Activities

    Sub-Plans for Innovation

    Integrating Sub-Plans into a Broader Plan for Innovation

    Integrating Planning and Ongoing Organizational Activities

    Planning Requirements for Organizations: What Successful Plans Need

    Shifting Requirements across Sub-Plans

    Recommendations for Successful Planning

    Conclusions and Future Research


    Chapter 21. Organizational Learning, Knowledge Management and Creativity


    Creativity as an Organizational Learning Process

    Organizational Creativity and the Knowledge Based View

    Strategies for Organizational Creativity

    Central Tasks of Knowledge Management

    Conclusions and Implications


    Chapter 22. Organizing for Change, Innovation, and Creativity


    Bureaucratic Organizing

    Adaptive Organizing

    Transformative Organizing


    Part E: Interventions

    Chapter 23. Careers of the Creatives: Creating and Managing the Canvas


    Creative People and Work

    Careers of Creative People

    HRM Implications of Creatives and Careers

    HR Practices

    Avenues for Future Research

    Creating the Canvas


    Chapter 24. Can Reward Systems Influence the Creative Individual?


    The Role of Rewards in Creativity Models

    Motivation, Reward Systems, and Creativity

    Reward Systems, Intrinsic Factors, and Creative Performance

    Entrepreneurship and Creativity

    Reward Content

    Practical Implications

    Future Research



    Chapter 25. Performance Management: Appraising Performance, Providing Feedback, and Developing for Creativity


    Performance Management

    Performance Appraisal and Feedback: Emerging Issues

    Training and Development for Creativity



    Chapter 26. Organizational Development


    Open System Organizations

    Organizational Effectiveness, Adaptability and Creativity

    How has Organizational Development Attempted to Support Creative Efforts and Adaptability?

    Organizational Creativity—A Different Approach to Adaptability

    The Four Distinct Stages of an Organizational Creativity Process

    Climate, Motivation, and Structure

    How Organizations Can Become Skilled in Organizational Creativity

    Becoming Competent

    Setting up the Internal Environment to Encourage Competency

    Summary and Future Research


    Part F: Conclusions

    Chapter 27. Creativity in Organizations: Conclusions

    The Importance of Creativity to Organizations

    The Difficulty of Encouraging and Managing Creativity

    General Misconceptions

    What the Handbook of Organizational Creativity Provides

    Organizational Creativity Research

    Individual Level Influences

    Group Level Influences

    Organization Level Influences


    Concluding Thoughts



Product details

  • No. of pages: 754
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: August 17, 2011
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080879109
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123747143

About the Editor

Michael D. Mumford

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

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