Chapter | The Routledge Companion to Creativity | 2009

Creativity, Improvisation, and Organizations

by Colin M. Fisher and Teresa M. Amabile


Although the literatures on both organizational creativity and organizational improvisation have been expanding in recent years, the links between these literatures have not been deeply explored. This chapter explores those links to create a conceptualization of improvisational creativity in organizations. After reviewing existing theory on the creative process in organizations, and existing theory on organizational improvisation, we synthesize the two, fill in some conceptual gaps, and propose a preliminary model. The chapter ends with research questions suggested by our analysis.

Keywords: Body of Literature; Innovation and Invention; Organizational Culture; Research; Creativity; Theory;


Fisher, Colin M., and Teresa M. Amabile. "Creativity, Improvisation, and Organizations." In The Routledge Companion to Creativity, edited by Tudor Rickards, Mark A. Runco, and Susan Moger. Oxford, U.K.: Routledge, 2009.