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The final part of this handbook considers the organisational structures and conditions which frame innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Discussions of creativity and management tend to position creativity as a specialism within an organisation rather than as a characteristic of the organisation as a whole. This section considers how we organise for creativity, and how this is itself a creative act. Paul Kohler is a veteran of the video games industry. In 2007 he decided to make creativity in the video games industry the subject of a PhD. Speaking to managers, developers and designers, he established that creativity was a relative concept - games had to be ëcreative enoughí for the market. This led him to the concept of a ëcreative continuumí, with highly original games at one end of the spectrum and re-workings or adaptations of existing games at the other. A new game, aiming to transform the market and initiate a new franchise - literally a ëgame changerí for the company - would require a heavy investment of resources (time and money). A movie spin-off would require less creative input and hence less investment. Spending too much time on a sequel and overachieving on quality would be a waste of resources; investing too little on an original game was likewise a category error. Leadership had to know when to give the creative teams a free rein, and when to impose tighter budgetary and technical constraints.
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