Understanding Creativity Motors and Obstacles in Product Development
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Product Development, ISSN 1477-9056, E-ISSN 1741-8178, Vol. 11, no 3/4, 272-288 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Although many factors have been found to facilitate creativity in product development, the evidence of these studies lacks explanations of the mechanisms enhancing or impeding creativity. Building upon the model of Van de Ven and Poole (1995), a framework is formulated for understanding the motors of creativity in product development. Four motors for driving creativity are proposed: creativity as an evolutionary process, life cycle process, confrontation between different groups or individuals or within the context of a purposeful individual or team. A multiple-case study of three Swedish manufacturers explores the motors further and complements the framework with drivers of and counterforces to the four motors, for example, the existence of challenging managers and the perceived inappropriateness of certain formal processes for creative work. Although creativity is the result of the four motors operating simultaneously, each of the four motors provide different conditions for radical and incremental innovation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bucks, United Kingdom: InderScience Publishers, 2010. Vol. 11, no 3/4, 272-288 p.
creativity motors, creativity obstacles, product development, radical innovation, incremental innovation, evolutionary process, life cycle process, purposeful individuals, purposeful teams, confrontation, challenging managers, formal processes, Swedien, manufacturing firms
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-43775DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2010.033962Local ID: 74767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-43775DiVA: diva2:264635