Individual Creativity in the Workplace

Individual Creativity in the Workplace

1st Edition - August 7, 2018

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  • Editors: Roni Reiter-Palmon, Victoria Kennel, James C. Kaufman
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128132388
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128132395

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Rapid technological change, global competition, and economic uncertainty have all contributed to organizations seeking to improve creativity and innovation. Researchers and businesses want to know what factors facilitate or inhibit creativity in a variety of organizational settings. Individual Creativity in the Workplace identifies those factors, including what motivational and cognitive factors influence individual creativity, as well as the contextual factors that impact creativity such as teams and leadership.The book takes research findings out of the lab and provides examples of these findings put to use in real world organizations.

Key Features

  • Identifies factors facilitating or inhibiting creativity in organizational settings
  • Summarizes research on creativity, cognition, and motivation
  • Provides real world examples of these factors operating in organizations today
  • Highlights creative thought processes and how to encourage them
  • Outlines management styles and leadership to encourage creativity
  • Explores how to encourage individual creativity in team contexts


Researchers in creativity, social psychologists, personality psychologists, industrial organizational psychologists

Table of Contents

  • Section 1 Creativity and Innovation: Larger Concepts
    1. Moving from creativity to innovation
    2. Creativity and innovation in organizations
    3. The fuzzy front-end: How creativity drives organizational innovation

    Section 2: Intelligence and Cognition
    4. Interruptions and multiple tasks: Advantages and disadvantages for creativity at work
    5. Creative thought processes
    6. The intellectual structure and outlooks for individual creativity research

    Section 3: Motivation/affect/preferences
    7. Creativity styles in the workplace: New versus Different
    8. Freedom, structure, and creativity
    9. Antecedents and consequences of self-efficacy for creativity in organizations
    10. Affective experience and individual creativity at work

    Section 4: Leadership and teams
    11. The emergence of dual leaders in innovation management: When two heads are better than one
    12. The influence of individual innovativeness and intelligence on occupational level among leaders
    13. Individuals within a team context

    Section 5: Application
    14. Fostering creativity in organizations
    15. Understanding the role of creativity in the 21st century Army
    16. Leadership development: Training creativity skills for leaders

Product details

  • No. of pages: 420
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: August 7, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128132388
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128132395

About the Editors

Roni Reiter-Palmon

Dr. Reiter-Palmon is the Varner Professor of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and the Director of the I/O Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). She is also the Director of Innovation for the Center for Collaboration Science, an inter-disciplinary program at UNO. She received her Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Her research focuses on creativity and innovation in the workplace at individual and team level, development of leadership and creative problem-solving skills, and leading creative individuals. She is an associate editor for the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, as well as Frontiers: Organizational Psychology. She is the former Editor of The Psychology of Creativity, Aesthetics and the Arts, the leading journal on the psychology of creativity. She serves on the editorial boards of 10 additional journal in I-O psychology, management, and creativity. She has published four edited books on the topic of creativity, and is the editor of the Palgrave series on Creativity and Innovation in Organizations. She has obtained over 8 million dollars of funding from granting agencies, public and non-profit organizations, and businesses. She has been elected as a fellow of APA Division 10 (creativity) and division 14 (I-O) in recognition of her contribution to the field of organizational and team creativity.

Affiliations and Expertise

Varner Professor of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology; Director of the I/O Psychology Graduate Program, University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)

Victoria Kennel

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE USA

James C. Kaufman

James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author/editor of more than 45 books and 300 papers, which include theoretical contributions such as the Four-C Model of Creativity (with Ron Beghetto) and empirical work, such as the study that spawned the “Sylvia Plath Effect. He is a past president of Division 10 (Society for Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, & the Arts) of the American Psychological Association (APA). James has won many awards, including Mensa’s research award, the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and APA’s Berlyne, Arnheim, and Farnsworth awards. He co-founded two major journals (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts and Psychology of Popular Media Culture). He has tested Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s creativity on CNN, appeared in the hit Australian show Redesign Your Brain, narrated the comic book documentary Independents, and is set to appear in a 2021 Netflix documentary. He wrote the book and lyrics to Discovering Magenta, which had its NYC premiere in 2015, and co-authored a book on bad baseball pitchers with his father.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Education Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA

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