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Fostering creativity – a holistic framework for teaching creativity

Holger Berg (Based at the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research, Wuppertal, Germany)
Vesa Taatila (Based at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland)
Christine Volkmann (Based at the University of Wuppertal, Germany)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 28 September 2012




This paper aims to provide a theoretical framework for teaching creativity.


The approach and the model are based on a review of the prevalent theory and research on creativity.


The authors develop a process based approach and design and a four step model to teaching creativity.

Research limitations/implications

The paper provides a framework from which exercises and interventions for teaching creativity may be derived on a scientific basis.

Practical implications

Practical implications regard teaching and conveying creativity to students.


The paper addresses scholars and practitioners concerned with research and teaching of creativity and innovation. It is to the authors' knowledge one of the first approaches that links theory and research of creativity to actual teaching efforts.



Berg, H., Taatila, V. and Volkmann, C. (2012), "Fostering creativity – a holistic framework for teaching creativity", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 26 No. 6, pp. 5-8.



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