Creativity and Innovation in Organisations - BUSN7440

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Alexander Maxwell-Cole checkmark-circle


The module aims to provide a critical understanding of the challenges of managing creativity and innovation within contemporary organisations. The experience of work and employment, management practices are affected by rapid technological change, intensifying global competition and changing demographic profiles and values of the work force. Contemporary organisations are pressurised to tackle these developments through creativity, innovation and new organisational forms. This module examines the nature, antecedents, processes and consequences of creativity and innovation and their complex links with organisation, while also exploring major social and technological changes relating these to organisational creativity and innovation. Students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories on creativity, innovation and organisation through readings and discussions of the main themes and debates in the field. Case studies will be used to illustrate how these concepts are connected together and how they could impact upon management decision making within contemporary organisations. Students will be encouraged to explore some of the most notable historical and contemporary shifts in media and technology and discover how new organisational forms and methods have been devised to exploit them. They will develop awareness for the cross-fertilisation between disciplines in analyzing the dynamics of creativity, innovation and organisation and their complex relationships.

Topics include:

• Conceptual foundations of creativity, innovation and organisation
• Personality and individual creativity
• Organisational creativity and innovation
• Cognition, knowledge and creativity
• Models and processes of innovation
• Organisational culture and systems for supporting creativity and innovation
• Leadership and entrepreneurship
• Creative organisations across fields/ industries
• Socio-technological change and new forms of organisation.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
In-Course essay (20%)
Group Presentation (20%)
Examination, 2 hour (60%).

Reassessment method:
100% exam.

Indicative reading

Bilton, C. (2007). Management and Creativity: From Creative Industries to Creative Management, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Christensen, C. (2013). The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press.

Cropley, D. (Ed.). (2010). The Dark Side of Creativity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2013). Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery & Invention, Modern Classics Edition, New York: Harper Perennial.

Dawson, P., & Andriopoulos, C. (2014). Managing Change, Creativity and Innovation. London: Sage Publications.

Helfat, C. E., Finkelstein, S., Mitchell, W., Peteraf, M., Singh, H., Teece, D., & Winter, S. G. (2009).

Dynamic Capabilities: Understanding Strategic Change in Organizations. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Sennett, R. (2012). Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation. New Haven, London: Yale University Press.

Sennett, R. (2009). The Craftsman. London: Penguin Books.

Tidd, J., & Bessant, J. (2011). Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- understand the key concepts and theories of organisational behaviour, creativity and innovation
- understand the key elements and operation of organisations and the process of innovation;
- analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various organisational and innovation theories;
- apply these theories to practical issues associated with the management of creativity and innovation in organisations.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- plan, work and study independently using relevant resources;
- appreciate the context in which management decisions are made, drawing on the scholarly and critical insights of the Social Sciences;
- appreciate and understand the relationships between the theories of behavioural science and the practical experiences of management and behaviour of people at work;
- use group working skills, including listening, responding to different points of view, negotiating outcomes, and planning and making a joint presentation;
- present a cogent argument orally, demonstrating good vocal skills which match the environment, and making use of appropriate presentational tools;
- retrieve information from a variety of resources.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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