1st Edition

Managing Networks of Creativity

Edited By Fiorenza Belussi, UDO HERMANN STABER Copyright 2012
    378 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    396 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The aim of the Managing Networks of Creativity is to improve our understanding of creativity and the management of creativity, as discussed in the fields of management (including strategic management, organization science, organizational behaviour, and entrepreneurship), economics, sociology, regional studies, and political science.

    While research on creativity has made several important contributions to the theoretical literature, little attention has been paid to the development and testing of formal theoretical models, especially in those cases where creativity is the result not so much of individual behaviour than the outcome of collective efforts, connecting individuals in organizations, social networks, projects, geographic clusters, and so forth. The proposed volume includes studies, both conceptual and empirical, which, as a whole, "deconstruct" the concept of creativity and the management of creativity by identifying specific situations, contexts, firms, clusters, and districts in which creative processes evolve. The reader is provided with in-depth discussions of theoretical issues and a range of descriptive cases and survey data that the authors use to explore or test concepts and models. Overall, the volume aims to integrate current debates concerning the role of creativity (and innovation) in economic and social development.

    Part I: Organizing and Managing Creativity  1. Deconstructing Creativity: Entrepreneurs, Individual Talents, and Social Networks. F. Belussi  2. The Ecological Foundations of Creativity. U. Staber  3. The Evolving Organizational Routine. D. Breslin  Part II: Business Models of Creativity  4. Knowledge Networks in Science within a Regional Innovation System. F. Belussi and D. Porcellato  5. Silicon Valley Stories. T. Weil  6. Embodied Knowledge Transfer for Innovation: Comparing Inter-Firm Labor Mobility Between Music and Manufacturing Industries. L. Frederiksen and S.R. Sedita  7. Design, Communication and Competitive Advantage in the Italian Furniture Districts. E. Di Maria  8. Culture Experiences in Favour of Creativity: A Case Study of Art Consumption. F. Gambarotto and C. Furlan  9. Public Demand for Contemporary (Visual) Art between Production and Fruition. Analytical Considerations and Empirical Evidences. A. Pellanda  10. Creative Industries in Creative Cities: Some Evidences From Italy and Spain.  L. Lazzeretti  11. The Emergence of Trust-Based Knowledge Ecosystems: The Case of Illycaffè In Brazil. P. Andriani, G. Biotto and D. Ghezzi  12. Sense-Based Innovation: The New Competition on Meanings and Relations. E. Di Maria and M. Paiola  13. Contexts of Experience. B. Di Bernardo and R. Grandinetti. Part III: Networks and Clusters of Creativity  14. Human Mobility as Determinant of Price Strategy in a Fragmented Sector: The Case of the Top Quality Wine Sector. M. Visentin  15. Looking for the Missing Link between Creativity and Governance in Open Source Communities: Some Implications from GNOME and KDE Case Study. A. Ganzaroli and G. Fiscato  16. Creativity and the Community: Reflexivity and Creation in the Free/Libre/Open Source Software Community. F. Rullani  17. Are Innovation Networks Still Territorially Embedded? The Crolles 2 Alliance in Semiconductors. N. Balas and F. Palpacuer  18. Multiple Path Dependency and Creativity in Industrial Districts. F. Belussi and S. Sedita  19. Evolution of Spanish Industrial Districts: How Are They Evolving and Adapting in the Face of Globalization?J. Tomas-Miquel, X. Molina-Morales, and M. Exposito-Langa  20. Localization and Productivity: The Evolution of a Relationship for Two Units of Analysis. F. Puig and H. Marques


    Fiorenza Belussi is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics "Marco Fanno" at the Faculty of Science Policy, University of Padua, Italy.

    Udo Staber is Professor and Chair of Organization Studies in the Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

    "This is an original book which brings together, in a distinctive evolutionary perspective, a collection of sound investigations on the complex linkages and connections underlying innovative and creative processes. The variety of industries, types of networks and localities analyzed in the book offers a rather unique ensemble of fresh evidence on contemporary processes of economic, social and institutional change." Simona Iammarino, University of Sussex