Facilitating employee creativity: What we can learn from online work community?

Dejin Zhao, Mary Beth Rosson

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Abstract

Creativity has been recognized as vital to organization success. With the rise of the new creative class (Florida, 2002), scholars and organization practitioners have been seeking ways of changing organizational settings to better facilitate creativity production in organizations. Online work communities (OWC), a new type of organization, have been emerging around creative works in the last decade. In this paper, we investigate the potential effects that online communities may have on facilitating employee creativity in organizations. Drawing on prior research about creativity in organizations, we set up a conceptual framework for analyzing organizational contextual effects on individual creativity. The framework categorizes contextual factors into three categories, related to intrinsic motivation, knowledge, and social capital respectively. For each contextual factor in the framework, we discuss how it has been supported in online work communities, with illustrations using exemplar communities. Finally, we propose a model that summarizes how specific characteristics of online work communities might facilitate creativity production in organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssociation for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007
Subtitle of host publicationReaching New Heights
Pages1022-1031
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007 - Keystone, CO, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2007Aug 12 2007

Publication series

NameAssociation for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007: Reaching New Heights
Volume2

Other

Other13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007
CountryUnited States
CityKeystone, CO
Period8/10/078/12/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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    Zhao, D., & Rosson, M. B. (2007). Facilitating employee creativity: What we can learn from online work community? In Association for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007: Reaching New Heights (pp. 1022-1031). (Association for Information Systems - 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2007: Reaching New Heights; Vol. 2).