Organizing Creativity: Creativity and Innovation Under Constraints

13 Pages Posted: 11 May 2015

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Marjolein Caniëls

Open University of the Netherlands

Eric Rietzschel

University of Groningen

Date Written: June 2015

Abstract

The best way of organizing creativity within organizations remains somewhat enigmatic to scholars, particularly when it comes to the role of constraints. On the one hand, creative organizations are often associated with freedom, autonomy, weak rules and few boundaries. On the other hand, several studies suggest that constraints, particularly design constraints, often stimulate creativity rather than suppress it. All in all, findings are mixed and inconclusive, and further research that explores this area of tension is required. The goal of this paper is twofold. Firstly, we introduce the topic of constraints and creativity, and raise some of the open questions in this field. By way of illustration, we report on a preliminary study about the role of constraints. Secondly, we set the stage for the contributions in this special issue on creativity and innovation under constraints, by identifying four central themes for further research. We subsequently outline the articles in this issue, and show how each of them contributes to one or more of these themes.

Suggested Citation

Caniëls, Marjolein and Rietzschel, Eric, Organizing Creativity: Creativity and Innovation Under Constraints (June 2015). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 24, Issue 2, pp. 184-196, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2604606 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12123

Marjolein Caniëls (Contact Author)

Open University of the Netherlands ( email )

P.O. Box 2960
Heerlen 6401DL
Netherlands

Eric Rietzschel

University of Groningen ( email )

P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen, Groningen 9700 AV
Netherlands

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