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The creativity of social action: A composite account from art, philosophy, and political science

1 Department of Leadership and American Studies, Christopher Newport University, 1 University Place, Newport News, VA 23606-2998

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 27 December 2011

Abstract

The pursuit of innovation depends on creativity as a competency, yet creativity-especially in organizational settings — is difficult to understand, let alone manage. By consulting works of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (art), Martin Heidegger (philosophy), and Hannah Arendt (political science), this article offers a composite account of creativity that suggests the aggressive pursuit of creativity in an organizational setting should include an expenditure of effort by leaders to create a social environment where participants can reflect upon and accept their own inner creativity, known as natality, as well as the creativity of others as a collective response to aspects of a reality we ordinarily overlook.

Citation

Harter, N. (2011), "The creativity of social action: A composite account from art, philosophy, and political science", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 213-220. https://doi.org/10.1260/1757-2223.3.4.213

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited