Edited by Jing Zhou and Elizabeth D. Rouse
Jing Zhou and Elizabeth D. Rouse
Research on creativity and innovation has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and reached a crucial stage of development. This is an ideal time to reflect on what the field has learned collectively, especially in recent years, and to envision interesting and promising research directions. The goal of the Handbook of Research on Creativity and Innovation is to provide a platform for idea exchange and cross-fertilization, and to celebrate our collective accomplishments. In this introduction chapter, we elaborate the rationale for creating the Handbook, describe the primary focus of each chapter included in this volume, and make the connections among the chapters. We cluster the chapters into three sections: foundations of creativity and innovation research, the role of social influences, interactions and processes in creativity and innovation, and stretching how we make sense of and study creativity and innovation. We conclude this introduction chapter by identifying the intended readership of this Handbook and suggesting how each type of readers may approach the book in order to maximize the benefits.