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Schools of Innovation: How Academic Organizations Foster Creativity
David Burkus
Strategic Leadership Review , 2012,
Abstract: In the ever-important search for innovation, many companies are looking to their alma maters for ideas on how to motivate and inspire greater creativity in their workforce. While many might envision the university as a repository of aging professors and ivy covered buildings, the dynamic of the academic organization is replete with elements designed to stimulate the creative output faculty members. This paper reviews five such elements: Progress, Sabbaticals, Connection, Autonomy, and Lectures. Examples from the for-profit sector are also discussed.
NORMS PROMOTING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
?ubica Lesáková
Studia Universitatis Vasile Goldis Arad, Seria Stiinte Economice , 2011,
Abstract: Organizational culture plays an important role in supporting the creative processes, becauseit can promote or hinder innovation-enhancing norms. Innovative small and mediumenterprises tend to develop culture, which emphasize and reward values and norms thatsupport the generation and implementation of new ideas. Such a system encourageseveryone in enterprise to develop original and useful proposals. They promote innovativeways of solving problems and finding solutions. Over the years, researchers havedocumented a variety of norms that promote consistently creativity and innovation inorganizational settings. The aim of the article is to present the organizational culture,especially the innovation-enhancing norms, as important elements, that promote creativityand innovation in small and medium enterprises. The paper was elaborated a sa part ofVEGA project 1/0654/11 Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises as a Part ofKnowledge-Based Economy in the SR“.
The Role of Marketing Creativity and Innovation in Achieving Competitive Advantage for Banks
Tareq Quporsi
International Business Management , 2012, DOI: 10.3923/ibm.2010.53.56
Abstract: Marketing innovation and creativity requires organizations to continuously search for the development of its products and services in order to achieve new gains for its clients and fulfill their needs and requirements; a model is proposed to illustrate the role of marketing innovation and creativity in achieving competitive advantage for Jordanian banks. The results of the study shows that the independent variables (Marketing Innovation and Creativity) which were tested through the hypothesis and illustrated in the model plays a major role in achieving competitive advantage. The study shows the innovation and creativity are crucial in organizations success. The study concluded that through marketing innovation and creativity, Jordanian banks can improve their businesses and achieve competitive advantage.
Entrepreneurial Intensity in the Corporate Sector in Oman: The Elusive Search Creativity and Innovation  [cached]
Tahseen Arshi A
International Business Research , 2012, DOI: 10.5539/ibr.v5n9p171
Abstract: Entrepreneurial firms are attributed with the key characteristic of creativity and innovation which is one of the most intriguing competency that has generated substantial interest of academicians and practitioners and have received considerable attention in the literature. Creativity and innovation have been elevated to this pedestal by the virtue of its ability to enable firms to achieve the necessary competitive advantage in today’s chaotic market place. Ironically creativity and innovation is an elusive commodity and many firms particularly of the larger species struggle to display this competency. This study investigated the dimensions that promote or impede the concentration of creativity and innovation, measured through entrepreneurial intensity in the corporate sector in Oman. Data was collected from four participating organizations from four different sectors through a questionnaire survey. The findings indicate that 52% of the relationships between organizational characteristics and creativity and innovation are explained by entrepreneurial architecture dimensions. At the same time 55% of the relationships between organizational climate and creativity and innovation are explained by entrepreneurial frequency dimensions. Finally 43% of the relationships between macro economic conditions and creativity and innovation are explained by entrepreneurial degree dimensions. Further a general linear model explains 56% of the relationship between entrepreneurial architecture and entrepreneurial intensity dimensions (EF and ED). The findings are quite conclusive indicating that there is a strong relationship between organizational characteristics, organizational climate, macro environmental conditions and creativity and innovation.
Measuring Creativity for Innovation Management
Cropley,David H; Kaufman,James C; Cropley,Arthur J;
Journal of technology management & innovation , 2011, DOI: 10.4067/S0718-27242011000300002
Abstract: identifying the extent and nature of the creativity of new products is a key for innovation management. the revised creative solution diagnosis scale (csds) is a 27-item scale based on a theoretical model of functional creativity, consisting of five main criteria: relevance & effectiveness, problematization, propulsion, elegance and genesis. the csds offers potential for differentiated assessments of product creativity as part of the larger process of innovation. non-expert judges rated a series of mousetrap designs using a 30-item version of the csds. confirmatory factor analysis revealed a simple structure that corresponded closely to the a priori theoretical model of functional creativity. the untrained judges were able to use the scale with a high degree of reliability and internal consistency. the scale offers a tool for managing innovation, especially for stimulating creativity and diagnosing the creativity of products.
The Power of Play: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in Libraries  [PDF]
Lisa Kurt,Will Kurt,Ann Medaille
Journal of Library Innovation , 2010,
Abstract: Play is a powerful method of fostering creativity and innovation in organizations. As libraries confront a rapidly changing information landscape, the need for innovation in meeting user needs is paramount. Libraries can embrace organizational play as a means of stimulating employee creativity and developing innovative products and services. This article discusses the work-play dichotomy, the definition of play, and the Millennial generation’s attitude toward play. Several important characteristics of play are discussed, including time and space, transformation potential, safety, and intrinsic motivation. Various types of play activities are explored, and the psychological links that exist between play and creativity are examined. Several successful businesses have made bold moves to embrace organizational play. Examinations of Google, 37signals, IDEO, and Pixar Animation Studios provide lessons about the ways that play can be integrated into the library workplace. Finally, this article poses questions that should be answered by libraries wishing to foster a culture of innovation through play.
Creativity and Innovation as a New Approach in Human Capital
Mehrdad Goudarzvand Chegini
International Journal of Agricultural Management and Development , 2013,
Abstract: This question has always been put forward in the mind ofcurious people why some countries have developed termedin spite of very few natural resources and facilities while othercountries have not developed in spite of having more suitableresources and facilities. Various factors such as economy, culture,geography, etc. are perhaps a background to answer this question,but there is a more important factor that, in similar conditions,causes the development of some countries and that factor is toconsider human resource as a fundamental capital and how touse their abilities and talents. The phenomenon of creativity andinnovation, like many peculiarities of human beings, are foundin all mankind and it is these motivations and individual and environmentalconditions that make the creativity factor vivid.Among the features of intelligent organizations are: systemicthought, easy accessibility to information and so on all of whichhave originated from the well-beginners of creative and innovativepeople. This article deals with innovation and creativity, as themost important Haman capitals, the relationship of brain andcreative thinking, powers comprising mind capabilities, divergentand convergent thinking and the factors making innovations andcreativity. The findings of this research indicate that with respectto increasing change and transformations of today’s societies,the organizational thinkers in the 21st century are different fromthe thinkers in the 20th century. Critical thinking followingcreative thinking has created a new approach in the humancapital of organizations. Therefore, the organizations that haveemployed this approach are successful.
Individual Creativity and the Influence of Mindful Leaders on Enterprise Innovation
Gehani,R. Ray;
Journal of technology management & innovation , 2011, DOI: 10.4067/S0718-27242011000300006
Abstract: creativity and innovation drive competitiveness in the 21st century enterprises. dynamic hyper-intensive competitive markets demand widespread innovations from all employees in most global enterprises. leaders influence and set the contextual environments under which their employees express creativity. this paper will examine how different leadership models relate with individual creativity. it is noted that the mindful consciousness of individuals, including their leaders, play significant roles in the individuals' creativity. this exploratory research study first defines creativity and individual creativity, and then examines the five different orientations of leaders' influences on the individuals' creativity. in conclusion, selected managerial and educational implications are suggested.
Supporting Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Innovation in Organizations  [cached]
Martin Luke?
Central European Business Review , 2012,
Abstract: The paper is focused on existence and support of entrepreneurial behaviour and innovation in larger organizations. It first suggests why it is important to pay attention to entrepreneurship and innovation and then defines corporate entrepreneurship. Typical barriers of entrepreneurial activities are described as well as innovation dilemmas organizations solve. Innovation process is not linear, but six components of innovation behaviour may be identified, together with specific roles employees play when moving the idea forward from idea creation to implementation. Important factors influencing the success of entrepreneurial behaviour are discussed, involving the role of middle managers and reward systems. Recommendations for fostering entrepreneurial behaviour and innovation are provided together with a simple inventory for measuring employee perception of manager's and organizational support for innovation.
The Study of Knowledge Innovation in Knowledge-based organizations
Ye Ning,Zhiping Fan
International Journal of Business and Management , 2009,
Abstract: In knowledge economy era, it is a trend that organizations make progresses to knowledge-based organizations little by little and steadily. Creative ability is an important headspring to acquire the competitive advantages in the fierce market competition. On the basis of stating the connotation of knowledge-based organizations and the process and characteristics of knowledge innovation, some factors affecting the knowledge innovation in knowledge-based organizations are analyzed and some methods to promote the knowledge innovation in knowledge-based organizations are proposed.
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