When Collections of Creatives Become Creative Collectives: A Field Study of Problem Solving at Work

@article{Hargadon2006WhenCO,
  title={When Collections of Creatives Become Creative Collectives: A Field Study of Problem Solving at Work},
  author={Andrew B. Hargadon and Beth A. Bechky},
  journal={Organ. Sci.},
  year={2006},
  volume={17},
  pages={484-500}
}
This paper introduces a model of collective creativity that explains how the locus of creative problem solving shifts, at times, from the individual to the interactions of a collective. The model is grounded in observations, interviews, informal conversations, and archival data gathered in intensive field studies of work in professional service firms. The evidence suggests that although some creative solutions can be seen as the products of individual insight, others should be regarded as the… 

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