Creativity and Innovation in Haute Cuisine: Towards a Systemic Model

14 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2014

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Marc Stierand

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Viktor Dörfler

University of Strathclyde Business School; Széchenyi István University; University of Zagreb Business School

Jillian MacBryde

University of Strathclyde - Strathclyde Business School

Date Written: March 2014

Abstract

The contribution of this study is an increased understanding of personal creativity and the innovation process in haute cuisine, a validation of the socio‐cultural systems view of creativity and a model that accounts for the socio‐cultural dimensions of haute cuisine. In this paper we discuss existing views that conceptualize creativity and innovation in this sector as a sequential developmental process following the principles of operations management. However, based on in‐depth interviews with world‐renowned chefs, we argue for a systemic rather than sequential developmental process view. The reason for this is that the chefs interviewed understand the ‘creativity part’ of the innovation process as an embodied experience often guided by intuition and the ‘innovation part’ as a process of social evaluation greatly dependent on the perception, knowledge and value judgement of the testers from the leading restaurant guides. The main implications of the findings go beyond the haute cuisine sector and open areas for future research on creativity and intuition more generally.

Suggested Citation

Stierand, Marc and Dörfler, Viktor and MacBryde, Jill, Creativity and Innovation in Haute Cuisine: Towards a Systemic Model (March 2014). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 15-28, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2395553 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12050

Marc Stierand (Contact Author)

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne ( email )

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Viktor Dörfler

University of Strathclyde Business School ( email )

130 Rottenrow
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Glasgow, G4 0GE
United Kingdom

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Széchenyi István University ( email )

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Győr, 9026
Hungary

University of Zagreb Business School ( email )

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Zagreb, City of Zagreb 10000
Croatia

Jill MacBryde

University of Strathclyde - Strathclyde Business School ( email )

100 Cathedral Street
Glasgow G1 1XU
United Kingdom

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