Background Note | HBS Case Collection | February 1996

Managing for Creativity

by Teresa M. Amabile


Organizational stimulants and obstacles to creativity are summarized. The management tasks of supporting creativity and encouraging innovation are described as a delicate balance between over-control and chaos. A technology used to assess the climate for creativity is presented.

Keywords: Innovation and Invention; Management Practices and Processes; Organizational Culture; Creativity; Motivation and Incentives; Technology;


Amabile, Teresa M. "Managing for Creativity." Harvard Business School Background Note 396-271, February 1996.