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Facing ambiguity in organizational creativity research: Choices made in the mud

Multi-Level Issues in Creativity and Innovation

ISBN: 978-0-7623-1476-8, eISBN: 978-1-84950-553-6

ISSN: 1475-9144

Publication date: 25 March 2008

Abstract

As the preceding chapter and commentaries reveal, the field of organizational creativity and innovation is both complex and multifaceted. Many core constructs are ambiguously defined, and levels issues are often confounded within constructs and among proposed relationships. When attempting to advance the understanding of social influence factors and organizational creativity and innovation, multi-level perspectives are particularly well suited to address these complexities. The commentaries of Dionne and Runco represent alternative approaches to facing these challenges. This response to their commentaries discusses our perspective on their recommendations and presents some final thoughts on how multi-level approaches should form the basis for moving the field forward.

Citation

Agars, M.D. and Kaufman, J.C. (2008), "Facing ambiguity in organizational creativity research: Choices made in the mud", Mumford, M.D., Hunter, S.T. and Bedell-Avers, K.E. (Ed.) Multi-Level Issues in Creativity and Innovation (Research in Multi-Level Issues, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 95-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1475-9144(07)00004-5

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