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Employee Creativity and R&D: A Critical Review

Employee Creativity and R&D: A Critical Review Employee creativity is one of the most important components to measure a company's human capital, particularly in knowledge‐intensive companies. However, the complexity of the conception of creativity means that the measurement of employee creativity has become difficult. Reflecting discussions and contributions on Creativity in R&D as presented at the 2006 R&D Management Conference held in Taiwan, this short thematic paper reviews four different and critical approaches to creativity, namely the evolutionary approach, the cross‐disciplinary science approach, the social system approach and the social network approach. This paper concludes that the four approaches provide complementary contributions in understanding the measurement of creativity in an R&D context, but that the interaction of the socio‐cultural context with employee creativity needs to be taken into account. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Creativity and Innovation Management Wiley

Employee Creativity and R&D: A Critical Review

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2008 The Authors
ISSN
0963-1690
eISSN
1467-8691
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8691.2008.00471.x
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Abstract

Employee creativity is one of the most important components to measure a company's human capital, particularly in knowledge‐intensive companies. However, the complexity of the conception of creativity means that the measurement of employee creativity has become difficult. Reflecting discussions and contributions on Creativity in R&D as presented at the 2006 R&D Management Conference held in Taiwan, this short thematic paper reviews four different and critical approaches to creativity, namely the evolutionary approach, the cross‐disciplinary science approach, the social system approach and the social network approach. This paper concludes that the four approaches provide complementary contributions in understanding the measurement of creativity in an R&D context, but that the interaction of the socio‐cultural context with employee creativity needs to be taken into account.

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Creativity and Innovation ManagementWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2008

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