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Leveraging inventors' creativity
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (KITE)
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project management, Innovations and Entrepreneurship . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (KITE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4233-5138
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While creativity is often understood as the generation of valuable novelty, we extend that view into a framework based on well-known and established models from the creativity literature. In addition to generation of novelty which forms our frameworks first dimension, we add selection of novelty, and type of creative contribution.  

Based on interviews with inventors and managers in three large, patent-intensive firms, representing completely different industries, we show how the framework can be employed in order to better understand in what ways different practices exploit and/or support the inventors’ creative abilities. By relating the practices not to creativity in general but to components of creativity (c.f Amabile 1997) the paper enriches the discussion of how inventors’ can be leveraged in technology-based firms.

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Creativity, inventors, R&D, product development
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Business Administration Other Mechanical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69964OAI: diva2:433681
R&D Management Conference 2011, Norrköping, Sweden 28-30 June
Available from: 2011-08-10 Created: 2011-08-10 Last updated: 2014-05-12Bibliographically approved

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