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Narrating creativity: Developing an emic, first person approach to creativity research
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC). Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1613-2636
2016 (English)In: The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, ISSN 1446-5019, no 3, 57-67 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Despite the complexity of workplace creativity, laboratory or survey-based quantitative research conducted in the positivist tradition supports a trend towards prescriptive 'recipied' lists for stimulating creativity. In contrast, by recognising creativity as a complex multi-level system, we were inspired by ideas from narrative therapy to develop a new narrative inquiry methodology that uses personal storytelling to collaboratively investigate, promote intelligent reflection on, and enhance the creativity process. Our aim was to explore how taking a pragmatic constructivist approach might unfold a new way of eliciting richly descriptive realworld information that exploits local situated knowledge (what we call 'emic creativity') about the individual and group creative processes within a workplace. Using a developmental application of the methodology as a single-level case study on gaming designers in Denmark, we found that the new emic creativity methodology can contribute valuable information about creativity within a particular system.

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2016. no 3, 57-67 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34358OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-34358DiVA: diva2:1057753
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2017-01-03Bibliographically approved

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