Creative Management

  • Jon-Arild Johannessen


The main aim of this paper is to develop a basis for creative management built on cybernetic and systems theoretical principles. The questions brought up for discussion are as follows: how can one achieve a creative process in organisations ridden of fragmentation and inner demarcation problems? How should creative organisations be organised? How can one create the best possible circumstances for enabling new ideas to be generated and grow? How can one develop management methods in order to enhance the creative potential in the organisation? If we can answer these questions, then we have indirectly also singled out some factors with a stifling influence on creativity.


Creative Process Creative Idea Creative Group Autopoietic System Creative Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon-Arild Johannessen
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  1. 1.Bodø Graduate School of BusinessBodøNorway

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