An Introduction to 'Creativity Constraints'

Balder Onarheim, Michael Mose Biskjær

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    Constraints play a vital role as both restrainers and enablers in innovation processes by governing what the creative agent/s can and cannot do, and what the output can and cannot be. Notions of constraints are common in creativity research, but current contributions are highly dispersed due to no overall conceptual framing or shared terminology. This lack of unity hinders overt opportunities for cross-disciplinary interchange. We argue that an improved understanding of constraints in creativity holds a promising potential for advancements in creativity research across domains and disciplines. Here, we give an overview of the growing, but incohesive body of research into creativity and constraints, which leads us to introduce ‘creativity constraints’ as a unifying concept to help bridge these disjoint contributions to facilitate crossdisciplinary interchange. Finally, we suggest key topics and sub-concepts, including ‘late’, ‘self-imposed’, and ‘continua of creativity constraints’, to inform future cross-disciplinary work on creativity constraints.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInnovating in Global Markets: Challenges for Sustainable Growth. Proceedings
    Number of pages16
    PublisherLappeenranta University of Technology Press
    Publication date2013
    ISBN (Print)978-952-265-421-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event24th ISPIM Innovation Conference: Innovating in Global Markets: Challenges for Sustainable Growth - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 16 Jun 201319 Jun 2013
    Conference number: 24


    Conference24th ISPIM Innovation Conference
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