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Creative Leadership
Contexts and Prospects

ISBN 9780367733636
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
284 Pages

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Book Description

There has never been a better time to study, practice, and experience creative leadership. In the fluid and turbulent economic and social environments of the 21st century, creative leadership has become a cardinal force in the creation and evolution of adaptive organizations. In the last two decades, organizational science has witnessed a rapid increase in the number of studies on the nature, skills, and processes of creative leadership. The resulting accumulated body of knowledge has remained for many years dispersed and fragmented across multiple strands of organizational research. This volume seeks to foster the cross-fertilization of scientific knowledge and insight by bringing together authoritative contributions from leading scholars whose work is located in different strands of creative leadership research.

Creative Leadership: Contexts and Prospects builds upon a recently introduced multi-context framework that integrates metatheoretically three conceptualizations of creative leadership found in the extant literature: Facilitating employee creativity; Directing the materialization of a leader’s creative vision; and Integrating heterogeneous creative contributions. These three conceptualizations reflect essential differences in the enactment of creative leadership across various collaborative contexts of creative work, and they underlie the intellectual efforts of different research strands.

The collection of chapters in Creative Leadership: Contexts and Prospects offers the latest thinking on creative leadership in facilitative, directive, and integrative contexts, and a stimulating set of ideas for crafting the next generation of nuanced theories and empirical studies in the field.

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations of Creative Leadership

1. Introduction: Connecting Creative Leadership’s Strands of Research

Charalampos Mainemelis, Olga Epitropaki, and Ronit Kark

2. On the Relationship Between Creative Leadership and Contextual Variability

Charalampos Mainemelis

3. Unpacking the Socio-cognitive Foundations of Creative Leadership: Bridging Implicit Leadership and Implicit Creativity Theories

Olga Epitropaki, Jennifer S. Mueller, and Robert G. Lord

Part II: Creative Leadership in Facilitative Contexts

4. Leading Creative Efforts: Common Functions and Common Skills

Michael D. Mumford, Colleen Durban, Yash Gujar, Julia Buck, and E. Michelle Todd

5. Leader Behaviors and Employee Creativity: Taking Stock of the Current State of Research

Christina E. Shalley and G. James Lemoine

6. Empowering Leadership and Team Creativity: The Roles of Team Learning Behavior, Team Creative Efficacy, and Team Task Complexity

Xiaomeng Zhang and Ho Kwong Kwan

7. Fostering the Creativity of Work Teams: Creative Leadership in the Midst of Diversity

Maria Kakarika

Part III: Creative Leadership in Directive Contexts

8. Creativity is not Enough: The WICS Model of Leadership

Robert J. Sternberg

9. The Creative Leadership Practices of Haute Cuisine Chefs

Isabelle Bouty, Marie-Léandre Gomez, and Marc Stierand

10. "It Must Give Birth to a World": Temporality and Creative Leadership for Artistic Innovation

Silviya Svejenova


Part IV: Creative Leadership in Integrative Contexts

11. Leading for Creative Synthesis: A Process-Based Model for Creative Leadership

Sarah Harvey, Chia-yu Kou, and Wenxin Xie

12. Brokerage and Creative Leadership: Process, Practice, and Possibilities

Elizabeth Long-Lingo

13. A Curatorial Metaphor for Creative Leadership

Robert Litchfield and Lucy L. Gilson

14. Exploring Integrative Creative Leadership in the Filmmaking Industry

Nicole Flocco, Filomena Canterino, Stefano Cirella, Jean-Francois Coget, and Abraham B. (Rami) Shani

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Charalampos Mainemelis is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the SEV Center of Excellence in Creative Leadership at ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece, Greece.

Olga Epitropaki is Professor of Management at Durham University Business School, UK.

Ronit Kark is Associate Professor of Organizational and Leadership Studies at the Department of Psychology at Bar Ilan University, Israel.


"Based at universities in Athens, Durham and Tel Aviv, the leading contemporary trio of academic researchers on creative leadership have gathered a state-of-the-field reader. Organized around their great insight that creative leaders variously facilitate, direct and integrate others’ contributions in producing creative work, this collection of 14 articles provides a wealth of valuable insights, both theoretical and practical." - David Slocum, "The Top 10 Creative Leadership Books From 2018,", January 13, 2019