Do Localized Clusters Influence Creativity of Inventors?

9 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2006

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Sherwat E. Ibrahim

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

M. Hosein Fallah

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Richard R. Reilly

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Abstract

Do localized clusters affect the creativity of inventors? What contributes to the creative environment of localized clusters that increases innovation output? This paper presents the results of a study investigating the environment of localized clusters and how it affects the creativity of individual inventors working in those clusters. The subjects for the study are inventors in the telecommunication industry who filed for patents individually or collectively. Localized clusters for telecoms are identified, and inventors are asked to rate the different influences existing in their local environment and how they affected the way the inventors came up with the ideas behind their inventions. Local influences are categorized under direct sources of ideas, stimuli in the local environment, and situations that take place locally. The ratings given to the importance of each category are evaluated and compared to each other, focusing on what to look for in clusters in order to further enhance the creativity of the innovators in those areas.

Suggested Citation

Ibrahim, Sherwat E. and Fallah, M. Hosein and Reilly, Richard R., Do Localized Clusters Influence Creativity of Inventors?. Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 410-418, December 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=946995 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8691.2006.00408.x

Sherwat E. Ibrahim (Contact Author)

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

HOME PAGE: http://personal.stevens.edu/~hfallah/html/research_team.html

M. Hosein Fallah

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

HOME PAGE: http://personal.stevens.edu/~hfallah/html/research_team.html

Richard R. Reilly

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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