Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013 Edition
| Editors: Elias G. Carayannis

Creative Knowledge Environments

  • Carl Martin Allwood
  • Sven Hemlin
  • Ben R. Martin
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_200001



Creative Knowledge Environments (CKEs) are those environments, contexts and surroundings, the characteristics of which are such that they exert a positive influence on human beings engaged in creative work aiming to produce new knowledge or innovations, whether they work individually or in teams, within a single organization or in collaboration with others (Hemlin et al. 2004, p. 1).

CKEs promote the production of new creative knowledge and can best be understood by taking a holistic multi-perspective, interdisciplinary approach. One important aspect following from the definition of CKEs is that they need to be understood at different micro-, meso-, and macro-levels, from the environment surrounding the individual knowledge worker to the more global level surrounding organizations. Indeed, CKEs can be viewed as nested layers of environmental factors influencing the unit...

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  1. Hemlin S, Allwood CM, Martin BR. What is a creative knowledge environment? In: Hemlin S, Allwood CM, Martin BR, editors. Creative knowledge environments. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar; 2004. p. 1–28.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl Martin Allwood
    • 1
  • Sven Hemlin
    • 2
  • Ben R. Martin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GothenburgGöteborgSweden
  2. 2.Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)School of Business, Economics and Law & Department of Psychology, University of GothenburgGöteborgSweden
  3. 3.SPRU – Science and Technology Policy ResearchThe Freeman Centre, University of SussexBrightonUK