Back to the Past: The Individual and its Role in Creativity in Organisations

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Jorge Filipe da Silva Gomes
Ana Filipa Rodrigues
Ana Veloso


The goal of the current text is to highlight the role of the individual in creativity in organisations. This role has been strangely disregarded in recent years, as modern accounts of creativity have been emphasising the idea that creativity is only defined in context. This main stream argues that creativity is a process that essentially occurs within a functional, relational, and organisational context in which workers are inserted. Key authors defending such a position include the likes of Amabile (1996), Csikszentmihalyi (1996), and, more recently, Glăveanu (2010a, 2010b). This is a vision rooted in the psychosocial interactionist perspective, which has also had a considerable impact in other areas in psychology, sociology, management and other social and human sciences. This supremacy, with regards to creativity, has led many to forget the role of the individual person in the creative process and output, removing their responsibility and protagonism for generating and producing ideas. Hence, the current text intends to bring back to discussion the individual bases of creativity, that people can have an existence isolated from external influences, further defending that the concept can and should be defined out of context, rather than in context.


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Gomes, J. F. da S., Rodrigues, A. F., & Veloso, A. (1). Back to the Past: The Individual and its Role in Creativity in Organisations. Journal of Contemporary Administration, 20(5), 568-589.