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It’s time to sober up: The direct costs, side effects and long-term consequences of creativity and innovation

Khessina, O; Goncalo, J; Krause, V; (2019) It’s time to sober up: The direct costs, side effects and long-term consequences of creativity and innovation. Research in Organizational Behavior , 38 pp. 107-135. 10.1016/j.riob.2018.11.003. Green open access

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Abstract

The literatures on creativity and innovation are each premised on the same important assumption that has gone largely unquestioned: Creativity and innovation are outcomes that are almost inherently positive. Decades of research on creativity in organizations have been motivated by the assumption that creative ideas can be implemented to realize innovations that will inevitably increase profit, strengthen competitive advantage and ensure firm survival. The assumption that creativity and innovation have positive downstream consequences has constrained existing research by forcing a myopic focus on creativity and innovation as dependent variables. Thus, in a significant departure from the existing literature, we turn the tables to conceptualize creativity and innovation as independent variables that can have a sweeping and frequently negative impact on a wide range of other important outcomes. We conclude by calling for a new stream of research to more soberly evaluate the direct costs, side effects and long-term consequences of creativity and innovation.

Type: Article
Title: It’s time to sober up: The direct costs, side effects and long-term consequences of creativity and innovation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.riob.2018.11.003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.riob.2018.11.003
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Creativity, innovation, Creativity costs, Innovation costs, Creativity consequences, Innovation consequences, Disinhibition, Invention
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064889
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