Penn. Organizational DynamicsProf. Steven F. Freeman
Creativity and Innovation in
Organization and Work

Creativity with a Capital C

Creativity that Counts, that has an impact

Assigned Reading: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1996, HarperCollins)

Watch: TED talk: Creativity, fulfillment and flow Social theorist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.” (Recorded February 2004 in Monterey, California. Duration: 18:55.)


Discussion Topics: (Specific Discussion Questions)

  • The Systems Model of the Creative Process - The Creative Personality
  • Creative Flow & Creative Surroundings - The Work of Creativity
  • Creative Lives: Early Years, Adult Years, Creative aging
  • Creative Domains: the Future, the Workplace
  • Enhancing Personal Creativity


Supplemental Reading:

Jeff Mauzy & Richard Harriman, Creativity, Inc.: Building an Inventive Organization (2003, Harvard Business School Press) (Book Introduction)


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