The Routledge Companion to Creativity

by Tudor Rickards, Mark A. Runco, Susan Moger

Series: Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting

Creativity can be as difficult to define as it is to achieve. This is a complex and compelling area of study and this volume is perfectly poised to explore how creativity can be better understood, and used, in a range of contexts. The book not only centres on creativity in wider organizational theory, but also defines the conditions in which creativity can flourish, and assesses how the contemporary business environment has an impact on creative solutions.

The volume grounds the concept of creativity in a sound theoretical framework and explores issues of practical and theoretical consequence covering a range of themes, including:

  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • creativity and design
  • environmental influences
  • knowledge management
  • meta-theories of creativity
  • personal creativity
  • structured interventions.

Comprising contributions written by an unusually wide array of leading creativity scholars, The Routledge Companion to Creativity is an insightful and cutting edge resource. It is an essential purchase for anyone with an interest in creativity from a business, psychology or design perspective.

In The Press

'Even the most seasoned student of creativity studies will benefit from some of the new perspectives presented in this valuable collection.' Spyros D. Orfanos, PsycCRITIQUES

'The editors, UK and US academics, commissioned 41 experts from the creativity community to contribute to the book’s 30 short chapters, which emphasize creativity in organizational and business environments… The chapters extend into diverse domains, including education, design, innovation, economics, problem solving, artificial intelligence, cognition, and aesthetics.' M.L. Nathan, Lynchburg College; CHOICE (September 2009, vol. 47)

'If there were one book I could recommend for demystifying creativity it would be this compendium or innovator’s companion ... it would be hard to think of anyone who would not find fresh and new insights within this well organised and highly readable volume. This volume is inclusive in disciplinary coverage; breadth, however, is not pursued at the expense of depth. This achievement is a tribute to the editors, and their magisterial framing of the themes which shape this book.' Dr Terry Cutler, Chairman, Review of Australia’s Innovation System, 2008

'Creativity lies at the heart of the innovation process - but understanding what it is and how it can be released and developed in organizations is a major challenge. This book makes a key contribution to dealing with this, offering a well-balanced and extensive collection of insights into creativity, built on firm scholarly research, but written in an accessible style. It deserves a place on the bookshelves of students, researcher and practitioners.' Professor John Bessant, Imperial College London, UK

About The Author

Tudor Rickards is Professor of Creativity at Manchester Business School, UK. He is founding co-editor (with Susan Moger) of the journal Creativity and Innovation Management. His extensive publications include Dilemmas of Leadership, published by Routledge in 2006.

Mark A. Runco is E. Paul Torrance Endowed Professor of Creative Studies at the University of Georgia, USA. He is also a Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business. He has published extensively and is editor of the Creativity Research Journal.

Susan Moger is a Senior Fellow in Leadership at Manchester Business School, UK. She is founding co-editor of the journal Creativity and Innovation Management and has written a number of books, including the Handbook for Creative Team Leaders, written with Tudor Rickards and published by Gower in 1999.