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The Value of Creative Ideas

Hua, Mel Yingying (华莹莹); (2021) The Value of Creative Ideas. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Good ideas are more critical now than ever in a world faced with social, health, and environmental challenges that require creativity. In practice, it is often difficult to identify where an idea begins or ends or to know how ideas will develop over time. However, existing theories of creativity assume that ideas are distinct and recognizable entities that move through the creative process and that it is clear where an idea begins and ends. In this dissertation, I explore the role of ideas in the creative process using a critical literature review and two in-depth qualitative studies. The first essay reviews and synthesizes the literature on the meaning of the construct of an idea, from its roots in philosophy and psychology to contemporary usage in organizational studies. I demonstrate two distinct approaches to conceptualizing and measuring ideas in organizational creativity and innovation. In the second essay, I present a qualitative study of experimental circus groups to examine how groups develop ideas collaboratively. From my findings, I theorize a process of elaborative play through which groups use play to develop ideas and construct relationships between them. In the final essay, I conduct a qualitative study to examine how creative workers’ personal experiences shape the way they engage with ideas and experience creative work. I discuss the implications of each study for theory and research.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The Value of Creative Ideas
Event: UCL
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/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.
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/10135601
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