The Influences on Creativity in Research and Innovation
Edited by Sven Hemlin and Carl Martin Allwood
The aim of this book is to improve our understanding of creative knowledge environments. The various chapters analyse creative and innovative activities as carried out by individuals, groups and organizations. The book’s focus is on identifying and understanding the factors relating to the working environment that are conducive to human creativity and innovation. The editing of this book has been a collaborative effort between two psychologists with a background in cognitive psychology and a science policy researcher. Reflecting this, the book includes chapters covering a broad range of literature, including psychology, sociology and a number of crossdisciplinary fields such as science, technology and innovation policy studies. Despite our rather different disciplinary backgrounds, we share a strong interest in gaining a better understanding of the circumstances that bring about creative research and innovations. The first and the last chapters of the book integrate the findings from the studies reported in the book and from other literature on the subject to address two main questions: what is a creative knowledge environment, and how can creative knowledge environments best be stimulated? The book is likely to be of interest to students and scholars in a number of research fields as well as to science and innovation policy decision makers concerned with research, teaching and policy measures for the development of creative knowledge environments. As we move towards what some have described as a ‘knowledge society’, in which knowledge and innovation are playing an ever more important role, the issues considered here are clearly...