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Creativity Research

An Inter-Disciplinary and Multi-Disciplinary Research Handbook, 1st Edition

Edited by Eric Shiu


338 pages | 51 B/W Illus.

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Compared to its ‘cousin’ innovation, academic research on creativity has been less well covered in journals and books. This is despite the fact that creativity has a profound role in many different subject disciplines.

This book is a unique collection of some of the latest research from a range of leading creativity researchers. Providing a clear understanding of the main concepts, this book:

  • Introduces creativity from an inter-disciplinary perspective
  • Discusses the environmental determinants of creativity development
  • Explores creativity research in the differing disciplines of business, music and education

Creativity Research will be of interest and importance to researchers across a variety of subject disciplines, as well as students and practitioners of creativity, innovation and organizational behaviour, amongst others.


Eric Shiu has assembled an impressive group of international scholars to review recent research on creativity. The contributions from different disciplinary standpoints not only evaluate critically the state of current knowledge but also point to where research is needed to fill gaps in that knowledge.

John A. Dawson, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh, UK

Scientific interest in creativity and innovation is steadily on the increase. Creativity Research reflects the interdisciplinary nature of this dynamic field by covering the latest findings of creativity researchers with a wide range of backgrounds and approaches. A very valuable handbook with many excellent contributions.

Fredrik Ullen, Professor, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

This handbook provides a unique and brilliant collection of papers addressing creativity through many different views and methods. It may serve to make educators and human resource practitioners better aware of the progress of research on creativity and of its potential contributions to promote individuals’ wellbeing and the better functioning of organizations.

Gian Vittorio Caprara, Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: Holistic Understanding of Inter-Disciplinary and Multi-Disciplinary Creativity 1. Looking at Creativity Through a Business-Psychology-Education (BPE) Lens: The challenge and benefits of listening to eachother 2. Interdisciplinarity and Scientific Creativity 3. Biological and Neuropsycological Aspects of Creativity 4. Creativity in Cross-Disciplinary Research 5. The Psychoeconomic Perspective on Creativity and Innovation Part II: Environmental Determinants of Creativity 6. The Creatove Place: The impact of different environmental factors on creativity 7. Exploring the Potential Relationship between Children's Modern Electronic Hobbies and their Creativity Part III: Creativity Research in Organizations 8. Creativity at Work and its Relation to Well-being 9. Play as Facilitator of Organizational Creativity 10. Creative Climate, Creativity Capabilities, and New Product Creativity in the Internet Communication Space Part IV: Creativity Research in Music 11. Musical Thinking as a kind of Creative Thinking 12. Musical Creativity as a Tool for Inclusion Part V: Creativity Research in Education 13. Conditions for Scholarly Creativity in Interdisciplinary Doctoral Education Through an aristotelian Lens 14. Education for Creativity in an Era of Accountability in Australia 15. Developing Expert Scholars: The role of reflection in creative learning 17. Conclusion

About the Editor

Eric Shiu is Lecturer in Marketing at Birmingham University, UK. He specializes in the research and teaching of marketing in general and innovation and creativity in particular. He has published widely in quality journals such as Technovation, Journal of Marketing Management, Service Industries Journal and Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology

This innovative series explores the role of innovation and innovation management and technological advances from an organizational perspective. This series brings together theories from a wide range of individual disciplines and examines both the internal understanding and management and also an external, shareholder perspective. Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology (RIOT!) features cutting -edge research addressing all the major issues in business and management today, helping to define and advance the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Marketing / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior