Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013 Edition
| Editors: Elias G. Carayannis

Creative Management

  • Fangqi Xu
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_3



Creative management is the study and practice of management, drawing on the theories of creative processes and their individual, group, and organizational application.

Origin of the Concept

Creative management has its origin in two academic research spheres: one is management studies and the other is creativity research. The former has a history that is longer than a century, and the latter is more 80 years old. Management studies paid more attention to a person than a thing, and creativity research has been developing applicable ranges since the 1980s; creative management was born as an inevitable result (Xu and Rickards 2007).

Research Activities in the Main Countries

Research on creative management began in the United States in the early 1980s, although one can find terms like “corporate creativity,” “organizational creativity,” and “creative business” in some books and academic journals prior to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Institute for Creative Management and InnovationKinki UniversityHigashi-Osaka, OsakaJapan