Creativity, improvisation and organizations

Authored by: Colin M. Fisher , Teresa Amabile

The Routledge Companion to Creativity

Print publication date:  November  2008
Online publication date:  November  2008

Print ISBN: 9780415773171
eBook ISBN: 9780203888841
Adobe ISBN: 9781135978488


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Although the literatures on both organizational creativity and organizational improvisation have been expanding in recent years, the links between these literatures have not been deeply explored. This chapter explores those links to create a conceptualization of improvisational creativity in organizations. After reviewing existing theory on the creative process in organizations, and existing theory on organizational improvisation, we synthesize the two, fill in some conceptual gaps, and propose a preliminary model. The chapter ends with research questions suggested by our analysis.

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