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Creative connectivity project – A network based approach to understand correlations between interdisciplinary group dynamics and creative performance

Torrisi, VS; Manfredi, S; Iacopini, I; Latora, V; (2019) Creative connectivity project – A network based approach to understand correlations between interdisciplinary group dynamics and creative performance. In: Bohemia, E and Kovacevic, A and Buck, L and Brisco, R and Evans, D and Grierson, H and Ion, W and Whitfield, RI, (eds.) Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019). Design Society: Glasgow, Scotland. Green open access

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Abstract

Creativity, technology and innovation are fundamental driving forces that often trigger behavioural and cultural changes in our societies. Several studies on creative collaborations emphasise the interconnection between the creation of innovation and interdisciplinarity. Studying the interdisciplinary processes through which innovation is generated is thus of fundamental importance. The Creative Connectivity project investigates the links between group dynamics and interdisciplinary creative processes in the attempt to identify the emergence of meaningful behavioural patterns. Taking the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme at the Royal College of Art as a case study, the research addresses the need to develop a more rigorous understanding of the creation of innovation fostered by diversity, a risk-taking culture and acceptance of failure. A novel approach combining data science and network theory has been developed to monitor, quantify and analyse specific dynamics of interdisciplinary groups of students at the IDE programme. The focus was to investigate the network contribution to the performance of a team in an environment that is naturally interdisciplinary by using data respectively from a bespoke developed web application and a conversation activity monitoring system. Initial findings have shown the potential of this approach to unveiling the hidden mechanisms behind creativity and the production of innovation through interdisciplinary approaches. The results of this research could be of interest for universities, research centres, start-ups incubators, and policymakers who want to foster creativity and trigger innovative processes.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Creative connectivity project – A network based approach to understand correlations between interdisciplinary group dynamics and creative performance
Event: 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019), 12-13 September 2019, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
ISBN-13: 9781912254057
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.35199/epde2019.24
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.24
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
Keywords: interdisciplinary process, innovation, network theory, group dynamics, connectivity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085225
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