The Development of Creative Capabilities in and Out of Creative Organizations: Three Case Studies

11 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2006

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Nancy K. Napier

Boise State University - College of Business & Economics

Mikael Nilsson

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - Department of Industrial Economics and Management (INDEK)

Abstract

This paper describes and analyses how creative organizations develop and use routines and processes to strengthen their creative capabilities. Using an exploratory framework based in resource-based theory and creativity literature, it focuses on the role of the creative entrepreneur as a key component for organizations developing creative capabilities. The creative entrepreneur or agent builds collaboration, exploits knowledge and enhances relationships in and out of an organization. Drawing on three in-depth case studies from different sectors (theatre, sports and software), the article expands the idea of creative capabilities to encompass routines and processes in organizations in industries generally not considered 'creative'. Furthermore, it outlines how the creative entrepreneur is instrumental in developing and using the creative routines so that they form creative capabilities. Based on the analysis, the article discusses creative capabilities, collaboration in the process, and the creative entrepreneurs role in developing and using them.

Suggested Citation

Napier, Nancy K. and Nilsson, Mikael, The Development of Creative Capabilities in and Out of Creative Organizations: Three Case Studies. Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 268-278, September 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=925462 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8691.2006.00396.x

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Mikael Nilsson

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - Department of Industrial Economics and Management (INDEK) ( email )

Stockholm, 100 44
Sweden

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