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Shaping Creative Organization through Arts-Based Interventions

Schiuma, Giovanni (2014) Shaping Creative Organization through Arts-Based Interventions. In: Handbook of Management and Creativity. Edward Elgar, pp. 346-385. ISBN 9781781000892

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Schiuma, Giovanni

This chapter follows the notion introduced at the beginning of this handbook, that in order to provide space and time for creativity, organisations need to combine ‘loose’ and ‘tight’ properties. I will argue that this can be achieved by integrating emotional aspects of the organisation with technical, rational systems. From this perspective the creative environment is considered as a platform supporting and catalysing bisociation processes, shaped by managers who integrate emotional and rational knowledge. In order to influence this synthesis, managers need to consider the aesthetic dimensions of the organisation. One instrument for nurturing a creative environment might accordingly be the instrumental use of the arts in the form of ‘arts- based Initiatives’ (Schiuma 2011). They bring artistic projects or attitudes into the organisation to trigger bisociative thinking. I will illustrate this process by analysing the use of arts- based initiatives at Elica, an Italian company and a world leader in the design and production of kitchen hoods. In order to create an organisational context which could nurture human potential and creative thinking, Elica has adopted the arts as an instrument to support the development of a creative organisational environment.

Other Contributors:
EditorBilton, Chris
EditorCummings, Cummings
Official Website: http://www.e-elgar.com/bookentry_main.lasso?id=14745&breadcrumlink=&breadcrum=&sub_values=
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Arts-based management, arts based interventions, creative organisations, managing innovation
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Edward Elgar
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 2014
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2014 15:11
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2015 21:41
Item ID: 7050
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/7050

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